noun, plural an·ti·quar·ies.

an expert on or student of antiquities.
a collector of antiquities.

Origin of antiquary

1555–65; < Latin antīquārius a student of the past, equivalent to antīqu(us) ancient, old (see antique) + -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for antiquary

Historical Examples of antiquary

  • 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


noun plural -quaries

a person who collects, deals in, or studies antiques, ancient works of art, or ancient timesAlso called: antiquarian
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