Definition of promptuary in English:



  • A handbook or notebook containing a summary or compilation of information.

    • ‘The genealogy in the Promptuary, after all, stretches back to Adam.’
    • ‘Collections of this kind were to serve as a promptuary or preparatory store essential for speakers and writers.’
    • ‘Dr. Mill's view was to accumulate various readings as a promptuary to the judicious and critical reader.’
    • ‘The promptuaries for preachers, particularly developed from the fourteenth century, are crowded with learning.’
    • ‘The textual constraints built into this promptuary 'do not coerce anyone' - at least, not by themselves.’
    manual, instructions, instruction booklet, instruction manual, reference manual, abc, a to z, almanac, companion, directory, compendium
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘storehouse’): from Latin promptuarium, from promptus brought to light (see prompt).