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[an-ti-kwer-ee] /ˈæn tɪˌkwɛr i/
noun, plural antiquaries.
an expert on or student of antiquities.
a collector of antiquities.
Origin of antiquary
1555-65; < Latin antīquārius a student of the past, equivalent to antīqu(us) ancient, old (see antique) + -ārius -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The antiquary is a collector; the antiquarian a student or writer.

    Sir Walter Scott George Saintsbury
  • Barritt, the antiquary, made a drawing of it, which has been engraved.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • To be an antiquary is one thing, and to be an antiquarian romancer is another.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction David Christie Murray
  • "In that you will do as you find most agreeable, Sir Arthur," returned the antiquary.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • It was at this very moment that Lovel and the antiquary entered the court.

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  • The antiquary inquired from what Eldorado this treasure was forthcoming.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • Butler, poetical remains of, discovered by the antiquary Thyer, 326.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • In this tale the agent is a sow, and Mr. Gomme in the antiquary, vol.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • “We find,” says Mr. William Crossing, in the antiquary, vol.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • Mr. Snivel methodically says he got it of McArthur, the antiquary.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
British Dictionary definitions for antiquary


noun (pl) -quaries
a person who collects, deals in, or studies antiques, ancient works of art, or ancient times Also called antiquarian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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