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grammarian

[gruh-mair-ee-uh n]
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noun
  1. a specialist or expert in grammar.
  2. a person who claims to establish or is reputed to have established standards of usage in a language.
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Origin of grammarian

1350–1400; Middle English gramarien < Old French gramairien. See grammar, -ian
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  • The grammarian, for example, can persuade one and he can persuade many about letters.

    Alcibiades I

    (may be spurious) Plato

  • For all might be claimed the funeral honours which Browning claimed for his Grammarian.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore

  • The grammarian, in his hunger and thirst after knowledge and truth, thought not of time.

  • But the grammarian was true to one side only of Browning's philosophy of life.

  • This is that wonderful relation which we have given us by this grammarian.

    Against Apion

    Flavius Josephus


British Dictionary definitions for grammarian

grammarian

noun
  1. a person whose occupation is the study of grammar
  2. the author of a grammar
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Word Origin and History for grammarian

n.

"student of or writer on (Latin) grammar; philologist, etymologist;" in general use, "learned man," late 14c., from Old French gramairien (Modern French grammairien) "grammarian, wise man, person who knows Latin; magician," agent noun from grammaire (see grammar).

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