- a bookseller, especially a dealer in rare or used books.
Also bib·li·op·o·list [bib-lee-op-uh-list] /ˌbɪb liˈɒp ə lɪst/.
Origin of bibliopole
1765–75; < Latin bibliopōla < Greek bibliopṓlēs (biblio- biblio- + pōl- (stem of pōleîsthai to sell) + -ēs agentive suffix)
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Examples from the Web for bibliopole
At length, by accident, he found the bibliopole in his shop.
Goldsmith was regularly boarded and lodged in the bibliopole's house—the hired servant of literature.
My ten minutes passed very rapidly in conversation with these two experts in books, the bibliopole and the bibliothecary.Our Hundred Days in Europe
Oliver Wendell Holmes
This bibliopole's relatives still carry on business in this street, school-books being with them a speciality.The Book-Hunter in London
Thus, after a search of many weeks, the Western bibliopole succeeded in obtaining a well-thumbed specimen of the precious work.The Humbugs of the World
P. T. Barnum
- a dealer in books, esp rare or decorative ones
C18: from Latin bibliopōla, from Greek bibliopōlēs bookseller, from biblio- + pōlein to sell
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Word Origin and History for bibliopole
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