Abecedarian Definition

Poetry Definition of Abecedarian

(Or ABCEDARIUS) Type of acrostic where each line or verse begins with a successive letter of the alphabet (a, b, c, d...and so forth) until the end of the alphabet is reached, thus using the whole alphabet. Sometimes known as an alphabet poem.


AN A.B.C.by Geoffrey Chaucer

Top 5 Abecedarian Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem An Abecedarian for Spring Flowers Dietrich, Andrea Abecedarianflower, daffodils,
Premium Member Poem Equinox Hamilton, Shadow Abecedarianspring,
Premium Member Poem The Wealth of Spring Marcum Wong, Connie Abecedarianspring, daffodils,
Premium Member Poem In A Grownup's Dream Dietrich, Andrea Abecedariandream, spring,
Premium Member Poem I write poems, pages and pages Wings, Broken Abecedarianmemory, poetry, writing,

Standard Definition

[n] a novice learning the rudiments of some subject
[adj] alphabetically arranged (as for beginning readers)

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See Also...

beginner, initiate, novice, tiro, tyro

Misc. Definitions

\A`be*ce*da"ri*an\, n. [L. abecedarius. A word from the first four letters of the alphabet.]
1. One who is learning the alphabet; hence, a tyro.
2. One engaged in teaching the alphabet. --Wood.
\A`be*ce*da"ri*an\, Abecedary \A`be*ce"da*ry\, a. Pertaining to, or formed by, the letters of the alphabet; alphabetic; hence, rudimentary. {Abecedarian psalms}, {hymns}, etc., compositions in which (like the 119th psalm in Hebrew) distinct portions or verses commence with successive letters of the alphabet. --Hook.

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