Definition of abecedarian in English:



  • 1Arranged alphabetically.

    ‘in abecedarian sequence’
    • ‘The abecedarian constraint was my idea, and we got 12 comics.’
    • ‘‘They're arranged in abecedarian order,’ he told me and I found it.’
    • ‘He still felt abecedarian structures would be appropriate, resulting in an album that's once again awash in simplicity.’
    • ‘But the poem is mostly static, because the sequencing of lines, despite the abecedarian scheme, feels inadvertently arbitrary.’
  • 2Rudimentary; elementary.

    ‘abecedarian technology’
    • ‘He will pause in the development of his present narrative to elucidate this abecedarian technology.’


Early 17th century (as noun, in the sense ‘a person who is learning the alphabet or is engaged in elementary education’): from late Latin abecedarius ‘alphabetical’ (from the names of the letters a, b, c, d) + -an.