Definition of passionary in English:

passionary

noun

Christian Church
  • A book containing accounts of the sufferings of saints and martyrs, for reading on their feast days; a martyrology. In early use also (occasionally): a written account of a particular saint's life.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Osbern Bokenham (c1393–c1464), poet and Augustinian friar. From post-classical Latin passionarium martyrology from classical Latin passiōn-, passiō + -ārium.

Pronunciation

passionary

/ˈpaʃn(ə)ri/