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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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The Carolina Abecedarian Project (Ramey & Campbell, 1984) was another early intervention project that sought to increase the academic achievement of children reared in poverty.
Abecedarian Project, 1999; McCain & Mustard, 1999; Osborne & Millbank, 1987; Schweinhart & Weikart, 1999) demonstrate clear links between the quality of an early childhood program and children's later educational achievement.
The Abecedarian Project, a high-quality early-education program in North Carolina, has helped foster increased education levels for participants through their high-school years, as well as higher earnings in adulthood.
Six effective programs are then described: (1) Home-Oriented Preschool Education Program; (2) Perry Preschool Project; (3) Carolina Abecedarian Project; (4) Head Start; (5) Nurse Home Visitation in Elmira, New York; and (6) Nurse Home Visitation in Memphis, Tennessee.
Their research, known as the Abecedarian Project, was intended to determine whether early intervention could prevent such an outcome.
The successful Abecedarian K-2 Educational Support Program is an illustrative example.
Analyses by RAN D of one preschool project after another--including the Perry Preschool Project, Abecedarian Project and Chicago Longitudinal Study, among others--confirm these benefits of quality early childhood education: less grade retention, less need for special education and increased high-school graduation rates.
This 2002 report to the Colorado General Assembly provides information on the effectiveness of major early childhood education programs, such as the High/Scope Perry Preschool Project and the Abecedarian Project; the effectiveness of the CPP; and the data to be collected by districts receiving the CPP funded full-day kindergarten slots.
He spurns not only Head Start but the Perry Preschool Project and the Abecedarian Project at the University of North Carolina.
2005, 1997); Chicago Child-Parent Centers (CPC) program (Reynolds, Temple, Robertson & Mann, 2001); Abecedarian project (Campbell, Ramey, Pungello, Sparling & Miller-Johnson, 2002)).
Small, experimental programs, such as the Perry Preschool Project and the Carolina Abecedarian Project, have demonstrated that intensive child-care programs for low-income, "high-risk" preschool students have potentially powerful and long-lasting effects.
Although the benefits to academic achievement and cognitive development experienced by children participating in the Carolina Abecedarian Project have been well documented, there is little information available on the cost effectiveness of programs based on the Abecedarian preschool model.