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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. 2017.
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  • The spade and plough of the husbandman are constantly disinterring relics of high value to the antiquary and numismatist.

  • Mr. Thorne, antiquary, and originator of Notes and Queries, lived here.

    Westminster Sir Walter Besant
  • Hence the antiquary Oldys is incorrect in stating that the use of coffee in England was first known in 1657.

  • The antiquary is a collector; the antiquarian a student or writer.

    Sir Walter Scott George Saintsbury
  • Here we happen upon a church which, though restored about thirty years ago, retains many points of interest to the antiquary.

    Nooks and Corners of Shropshire H. Thornhill Timmins
  • Barritt, the antiquary, made a drawing of it, which has been engraved.

    Bygone Punishments William Andrews
  • With the map before him, he will scarce allow the sun to set in the east, as it does in The antiquary.

    Essays in the Art of Writing Robert Louis Stevenson
  • To be an antiquary is one thing, and to be an antiquarian romancer is another.

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  • He was called later by scholars, "the antiquary and Apelles of our time."

    Famous European Artists Sarah K. Bolton
  • Butler, poetical remains of, discovered by the antiquary Thyer, 326.

    The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
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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