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[an-ti-kwair-ee-uh n]
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  1. pertaining to antiquaries or to the study of antiquities.
  2. of, dealing in, or interested in old or rare books.
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  1. an antiquary.
  2. a size of drawing and writing paper, 31 × 53 or 29 × 52 inches.
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Origin of antiquarian

1600–10; < Latin antīquāri(us) (see antiquary) + -an
Related formsan·ti·quar·i·an·ism, noun
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  1. concerned with the study of antiquities or antiques
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  1. the largest size of handmade drawing paper, 53 × 31 inches
  2. a less common name for antiquary
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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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