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1. One who teaches or studies the alphabet.
2. A beginner; a novice.
1. Having to do with the alphabet.
2. Being arranged alphabetically.
3. Elementary or rudimentary.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin abecedārium, alphabet, from Late Latin abecedārius, alphabetical, from the names of the letters A B C D.]


a person who is learning the alphabet or the rudiments of a subject
alphabetically arranged
[C17: from Late Latin abecedarius, from the letters a, b, c, d]


(ˌeɪ bi siˈdɛər i ən)

1. a person learning the letters of the alphabet.
2. a beginner in any field.
3. of or pertaining to the alphabet.
4. arranged in alphabetical order.
5. rudimentary; elementary.
[1595–1605; < Medieval Latin abecedāriānus= Late Latin abecedāri(us) (a + be + ce + d(e)) + Latin -ānus -an1]


a member of a 16th-century Anabaptist sect who refused to learn to read, arguing that the guidance of the Holy Spirit was sufficient for the understanding of the Bible.
See also: Baptism
a teacher or learner of an alphabet.
See also: Alphabet


A person who is learning the alphabet or the basic elements of a subject.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abecedarian - a novice learning the rudiments of some subjectabecedarian - a novice learning the rudiments of some subject
beginner, initiate, tiro, tyro, novice - someone new to a field or activity
2.Abecedarian - a 16th century sect of Anabaptists centered in Germany who had an absolute disdain for human knowledge
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
Adj.1.abecedarian - alphabetically arranged (as for beginning readers)abecedarian - alphabetically arranged (as for beginning readers)
alphabetic, alphabetical - arranged in order according to the alphabet; "an alphabetic arrangement"; "dictionaries list words in alphabetical order"


One who is just starting to learn or do something:
Slang: rookie.
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Equally impressive is the play she finds within the tight form: the "q" she finds in "rescue," the "x" of "exactly," the double satisfaction of "you," and the way the alphabet governs not only the poem's shape but also individual words and lines, as in the opening line, where the same negation begins and ends the line, satisfying the form's double alphabetic obligations; or, the micro-satisfaction of "Hindi" whose first letter echoes the line's first letter, even as its final letter complete the line's formal contract (Hamby loves such words--in another poem, one of her "double helix abecedarians," she concludes smartly with "Alcatraz").
We, as teachers, appear more like knowledgeable professionals than like abecedarians, and the base for better decision-making has been laid.
"It says, `Welcome Abecedarians,'" her mom said to Abby.