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va·de me·cum

 (vā′dē mē′kəm, vä′dē mā′-)
n. pl. va·de me·cums
1. A useful thing that one constantly carries about.
2. A book, such as a guidebook, for ready reference.

[Latin vāde mēcum, go with me : vāde, sing. imperative of vādere, to go + : ablative sing. of egō, I + cum, with.]

vade mecum

(ˈvɑːdɪ ˈmeɪkʊm)
n
a handbook or other aid carried on the person for immediate use when needed
[C17: from Latin, literally: go with me]

va•de me•cum

(ˈveɪ di ˈmi kəm, ˈvɑ-)

n., pl. vade me•cums.
1. something a person carries about for frequent or regular use.
2. a book for ready reference; manual; handbook.
[1620–30; < Latin vāde mēcum literally, go with me]

vade mecum

A Latin phrase meaning go with me, used to mean a guidebook that someone carries around.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vade mecum - a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or locationvade mecum - a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location
book of facts, reference book, reference work, reference - a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts; "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"
manual - a small handbook
bible - a book regarded as authoritative in its field
guidebook, guide - something that offers basic information or instruction
ready reckoner, reckoner - a handbook of tables used to facilitate computation
Translations
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vade mecum

[ˈvɑːdɪˈmeɪkʊm] Nvademécum m

vade mecum

n (liter)Vademekum nt (liter)

vade mecum

[ˈvɑːdɪˈmeɪkʊm] n (liter) → vademecum m inv
References in classic literature ?
With such a VADE MECUM D'Artagnan was morally and physically an exact copy of the hero of Cervantes, to whom we so happily compared him when our duty of an historian placed us under the necessity of sketching his portrait.