[an-ti-kwair-ee-uh n]


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 formsan·ti·quar·i·an·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsantiquarianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antiquarian

"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.

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