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Abecedarian

[ā-bē-(ˌ)sē-ˈder-ē-ən]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Late Latin, 17th century

1.

Pertaining to the alphabet

2.

Arranged in alphabetical order

3.

Basic, rudimentary

Examples of Abecedarian in a sentence

"Anyone with abecedarian interests should try out for the spelling bee."

"Please use an abecedarian system when you file these documents."

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About Abecedarian

A piece of abecedarian trivia: The alphabet as we know it began its journey over 4,000 years ago, in ancient Egypt. The Egyptians developed a set of 22 hieroglyphs to represent consonant sounds in their language.

Did you Know?

Abecedarian might sound like a fun word made up in recent years to refer to the alphabet, but it actually comes directly from the Latin word abecedarius, which was designed to feature the first four letters of the alphabet: A, B, C, and D.

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