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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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Examples from the Web for antiquarianism
Historical Examples
  • The spirit of antiquarianism has not, indeed, slumbered among us.

  • This way, he says, lie merely the dry bones of archology and antiquarianism.

    Schopenhauer Margrieta Beer
  • But let us have no antiquarianism about Dickens for Dickens is not an antiquity.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • But Keats never was nor tried to be exact in his antiquarianism.

    Life of John Keats Sidney Colvin
  • However, the days of that old school of antiquarianism are numbered.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • But let us have no antiquarianism about Dickens, for Dickens is not an antiquity.

    Tremendous Trifles G. K. Chesterton
  • For Cosway's wonderful collection of articles of art, antiquarianism, and vertû, Hazlitt has only good-natured banter.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
  • "Modernity" is foolish, but antiquarianism is rubbish; life in its vigour is neither new nor antique, but young.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
  • But, in truth, the spirit of antiquarianism is one of the most universal of human tendencies.

  • If antiquarianism pored, genius too meditated in this sublime industry.

British Dictionary definitions for antiquarianism


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 antiquarianism



"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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