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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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
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A person who is learning the alphabet or the basic elements of a subject.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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"
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One who is just starting to learn or do something:
Slang: rookie.
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the Arabcentric view of medieval Islamic civilization.' (Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Vol 24, 2000, p316) BCD abcdarian early variant of 'abecedarian', one engaged in teaching the alphabet.
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We recently had an open reading period, and one of the manuscripts we selected is A Survival Guide for Life in the Ruins, an abecedarian set of flash nonfiction pieces co-written by the American author Nicole Walker and the Australian writer David Carlin, a funny-sad set of essays about the Anthropocene--all that we are losing and how to cope with that loss.
For example, follow-up studies conducted among early education programs, including the Perry Preschool Project, the Carolina Abecedarian Project, Chicago Longitudinal Program/Child Parent Centers, and Parents as Teachers reveal academic benefits for program participants, including increased achievement test scores [12-14], parents reading to their children more frequently and telling stories [15, 16], reduced need for special education programs [17, 18], and higher rates of college enrollment and graduation [13, 19].
Because his anthropomorphic animals are so expressive and playful, McDonnell, a Caldecott Honor-winning artist, makes this abecedarian book fast paced and high energy--even without using text.
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For example, an economic analysis of two similar early childhood interventions for socioeconomically disadvantaged children, Carolina Abecedarian Project and the Carolina Approach to Responsive Education, identified a 7.3 benefit/cost ratio and a 13.7% rate of return per annum when examining the long-term health, crime reduction, educational, and employment benefits of program participation (15).
This poem is immediately followed by "Abecedarian to Unbind," which turns that traditional form on its head, moving from Z to A as if Stewart-Nunez is unspooling the moments that made up that first marriage.
In the study called the Carolina Abecedarian Project, involving 122 children who were recruited in the 1970s and tracked until they were in their 30s by a group headed by Dr.