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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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  • Singularly enough, in this instance, "antiquarianism" and "folk-lore" proved equally at fault.

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

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • The first night, to prevent rivalry, was devoted to antiquarianism, and to the performance of extracts from the plays of Holberg.

    Henrik Ibsen Edmund Gosse
  • However, the days of that old school of antiquarianism are numbered.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • But Keats never was nor tried to be exact in his antiquarianism.

    Life of John Keats Sidney Colvin
  • If antiquarianism pored, genius too meditated in this sublime industry.

  • Apart from antiquarianism, the hill of Uisneach is well worth seeing, for it is as strange in shape as it is beautiful in verdure.

  • But it would seem that even pedantry and antiquarianism are welcomed when they tell on behalf of the other side.

  • But let us have no antiquarianism about Dickens, for Dickens is not an antiquity.

    Tremendous Trifles G. K. Chesterton
  • In this we see that Mantegna's antiquarianism was not simply a youthful phase, but lasted till the very end of his career.

    Six Centuries of Painting Randall Davies
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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