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[an-ti-kwair-ee-uh n] /ˌæn tɪˈkwɛər i ən/
pertaining to antiquaries or to the study of antiquities.
of, dealing in, or interested in old or rare books.
an antiquary.
a size of drawing and writing paper, 31 × 53 or 29 × 52 inches.
Origin of antiquarian
1600-10; < Latin antīquāri(us) (see antiquary) + -an
Related forms
antiquarianism, noun Unabridged
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  • Such an act of antiquarian barbarism happily has few imitators.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • Nor does anybody, save here and there an antiquarian, read Shepard and Hooker and Mayhew.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • The antiquary is a collector; the antiquarian a student or writer.

    Sir Walter Scott George Saintsbury
  • He was also a painter of considerable merit, a writer and an antiquarian.

  • His name was Ottaviani, and he was also an antiquarian of some repute.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • To be an antiquary is one thing, and to be an antiquarian romancer is another.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction David Christie Murray
  • I have had a sniff of it already in the proceedings of the antiquarian Society.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • These last have an interest indeed, but it is an interest of an antiquarian character.

    English Past and Present Richard Chevenix Trench
British Dictionary definitions for antiquarian


concerned with the study of antiquities or antiques
the largest size of handmade drawing paper, 53 × 31 inches
a less common name for antiquary
Derived Forms
antiquarianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antiquarian

"one who studies or is fond of antiquities," c.1600, from Latin antiquarius "pertaining to antiquity," from antiquus (see antique (adj.)) + -an. As an adjective from 1771.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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