Definition of breviary in English:

breviary

noun

  • A book containing the service for each day, to be recited by those in orders in the Roman Catholic Church.

    • ‘I found him surrounded by scores, his breviary in his hand.’
    • ‘The Sarum breviary was reissued and ordered to be used throughout the province of Canterbury.’
    • ‘This breviary became the basis for the one most commonly used in Taiwan today.’
    • ‘He was a small man who collected bones and breviaries.’
    • ‘She was not kneeling there, breviary in hand in silent devotion.’

Origin

Late Middle English (also denoting an abridged version of the psalms): from Latin breviarium summary, abridgment from breviare abridge from brevis short, brief.

Pronunciation:

breviary

/ˈbrēvēˌerē//ˈbrev-/