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antiquary

[an-ti-kwer-ee]
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noun, plural an·ti·quar·ies.
  1. an expert on or student of antiquities.
  2. a collector of antiquities.
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Origin of antiquary

1555–65; < Latin antīquārius a student of the past, equivalent to antīqu(us) ancient, old (see antique) + -ārius -ary
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Examples from the Web for antiquary

Historical Examples

  • The antiquary is a collector; the antiquarian a student or writer.

    Sir Walter Scott

    George Saintsbury

  • Barritt, the antiquary, made a drawing of it, which has been engraved.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • To be an antiquary is one thing, and to be an antiquarian romancer is another.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction

    David Christie Murray

  • The Antiquary inquired from what Eldorado this treasure was forthcoming.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

  • "In that you will do as you find most agreeable, Sir Arthur," returned the Antiquary.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett


British Dictionary definitions for antiquary

antiquary

noun plural -quaries
  1. a person who collects, deals in, or studies antiques, ancient works of art, or ancient timesAlso called: antiquarian
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