a) One who is learning the alphabet; an abecedarian.

The archbishop was derided in ballads as an "alphabetarian," who had burnt books which he could not read.

b) A novice or ignoramus.

I know also from experience that when an alphabetarian allows himself to use diacritical accents, he multiplies them excessively...

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  • Alphabetarian — Al pha*bet*a ri*an, n. A learner of the alphabet; an abecedarian. Abp. Sancroft. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alphabetarian — Synonyms and related words: abecedarian, apprentice, articled clerk, beginner, boot, catechumen, debutant, entrant, fledgling, freshman, greenhorn, ignoramus, inductee, initiate, neophyte, new boy, newcomer, novice, novitiate, postulant,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • alphabetarian — n. beginner; student of the abc s, one who is learning the alphabet …   English contemporary dictionary

  • alphabetarian — al·pha·be·tar·i·an …   English syllables

  • alphabetarian — ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ bəˈta(a)rēən noun ( s) : a learner or student of the alphabet : abecedarian …   Useful english dictionary

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