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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.