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armarian

[ ahr-mair-ee-uhn ]
/ ɑrˈmɛər i ən /
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noun History/Historical.

a monk in charge of the library and scriptorium in a monastery.

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Origin of armarian

1840–50; <Medieval Latin armāri(us), equivalent to armāri(a) library, originally neuter plural, derivative of Latin armārium (see armarium) + -an
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Example sentences from the Web for armarian

  • In all cases the armarian was instructed to make a short memorandum of the name of the book which he had lent or received.

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages|Frederick Somner Merryweather
  • Besides the duties which we have enumerated, there were others which it was the province of the armarian to fulfil.

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages|Frederick Somner Merryweather
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