antiquarian

[ an-ti-kwair-ee-uh n ]
/ ˌæn tɪˈkwɛər i ən /

adjective

pertaining to antiquaries or to the study of antiquities.
of, dealing in, or interested in old or rare books.

noun

an antiquary.
a size of drawing and writing paper, 31 × 53 or 29 × 52 inches.

Nearby words

  1. antipsychotic,
  2. antipyretic,
  3. antipyrine,
  4. antipyrotic,
  5. antiq.,
  6. antiquark,
  7. antiquary,
  8. antiquate,
  9. antiquated,
  10. antiquation

Origin of antiquarian

1600–10; < Latin antīquāri(us) (see antiquary) + -an

Related formsan·ti·quar·i·an·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for antiquarianism

antiquarian

/ (ˌæntɪˈkwɛərɪən) /

adjective

concerned with the study of antiquities or antiques

noun

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 antiquarianism

antiquarian

n.

"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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