1. One who teaches or studies the alphabet.
2. A beginner; a novice.
1. Having to do with the alphabet.
2. Being arranged alphabetically.
3. Elementary or rudimentary.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin abecedārium, alphabet, from Late Latin abecedārius, alphabetical, from the names of the letters A B C D.]
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