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antiquarian

[an-ti-kwair-ee-uh n]
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adjective
  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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noun
  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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Examples from the Web for antiquarianism

Historical Examples

  • The spirit of antiquarianism has not, indeed, slumbered among us.

    The Archaeology and Prehistoric Annals of Scotland

    Daniel Wilson

  • This way, he says, lie merely the dry bones of archology and antiquarianism.

    Schopenhauer

    Margrieta Beer

  • But let us have no antiquarianism about Dickens for Dickens is not an antiquity.

    A Chesterton Calendar

    G. K. Chesterton

  • But Keats never was nor tried to be exact in his antiquarianism.

    Life of John Keats

    Sidney Colvin

  • However, the days of that old school of antiquarianism are numbered.

    Custom and Myth

    Andrew Lang


British Dictionary definitions for antiquarianism

antiquarian

adjective
  1. concerned with the study of antiquities or antiques
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noun
  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 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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