enchiridion vs handbook what difference

what is difference between enchiridion and handbook



From Ancient Greek ἐγχειρίδιον (enkheirídion), from ἐν (en, in) + χείρ (kheír, hand) + a neuter suffix.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɛn.kaɪˈɹɪ.dɪ.ən/
  • Hyphenation: en‧chi‧ri‧di‧on
  • Rhymes: -ɪdiən


enchiridion (plural enchiridions or enchiridia)

  1. A handbook or manual.
  2. A dagger.




From Ancient Greek ἐγχειρίδιον (enkheirídion).


enchīridion n (genitive enchīridiī); second declension

  1. a manual


Second-declension noun (neuter, Greek-type).


  • enchiridion in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • enchiridion in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016



1814, from hand +‎ book, or perhaps a reintroduction of Middle English hond book, hondebooke, from Old English handbōc (handbook), or a calque of German Handbuch (handbook). Compare Dutch handboek, Danish håndbog, Swedish handbok.


handbook (plural handbooks)

  1. A topically organized book of reference on a certain field of knowledge, regardless of size.
  2. (US, gambling) A place where illicit bets can be placed.
    • 1916, U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on interstate commerce, Prevention of Transmission of Race-gambling Bets (page 23)
      The extent of the business done in this line is not understood by those who have not looked into it. In New York there are 50 pool rooms and 500 handbooks; in East St. Louis, 20 handbooks; in Chicago, 5 pool rooms and 200 handbooks; []
    • 1961, United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Government Operations. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Gambling and Organized Crime: Hearings
      Persons subject to his rule can be found operating, in addition to the wire service, wire service relays, handbooks, gambling houses, prostitution establishments, coin-operated device companies, bars, restaurants, night clubs, motels, []

Coordinate terms

  • manual



  • book hand

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