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  1. a bookseller, especially a dealer in rare or used books.
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Also bib·li·op·o·list [bib-lee-op-uh-list] /ˌbɪb liˈɒp ə lɪst/.

Origin of bibliopole

1765–75; < Latin bibliopōla < Greek bibliopṓlēs (biblio- biblio- + pōl- (stem of pōleîsthai to sell) + -ēs agentive suffix)
Related formsbib·li·o·pol·ic [bib-lee-uh-pol-ik] /ˌbɪb li əˈpɒl ɪk/, bib·li·o·pol·i·cal, bib·li·o·po·lar, adjectivebib·li·o·pol·i·cal·ly, adverbbib·li·op·o·lism [bib-lee-op-uh-liz-uh m] /ˌbɪb liˈɒp əˌlɪz əm/, bib·li·op·o·ly, nounbib·li·op·o·lis·tic, adjective
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Historical Examples of bibliopole

  • At length, by accident, he found the bibliopole in his shop.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland


  • Goldsmith was regularly boarded and lodged in the bibliopole's house—the hired servant of literature.

  • My ten minutes passed very rapidly in conversation with these two experts in books, the bibliopole and the bibliothecary.

    Our Hundred Days in Europe

    Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • This bibliopole's relatives still carry on business in this street, school-books being with them a speciality.

  • Thus, after a search of many weeks, the Western bibliopole succeeded in obtaining a well-thumbed specimen of the precious work.

British Dictionary definitions for bibliopole


bibliopolist (ˌbɪblɪˈɒpəlɪst)

  1. a dealer in books, esp rare or decorative ones
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Derived Formsbibliopoly, noun

Word Origin for bibliopole

C18: from Latin bibliopōla, from Greek bibliopōlēs bookseller, from biblio- + pōlein to sell
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Word Origin and History for bibliopole


"bookseller," 1775, from Latin bibliopola, from Greek bibliopoles "bookseller," from biblion "book" (see bible) + poles "merchant, seller" (see monopoly).

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