[ bod-lee-uh n, bod-lee- ]
/ bɒdˈli ən, ˈbɒd li- /


the library of Oxford University, reestablished by Sir Thomas Bodley, 1545–1613, English diplomat and scholar.


of, relating to, or belonging to this library.

Origin of Bodleian

after Sir Thomas Bodley; see -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bodleian


/ (bɒdˈliːən, ˈbɒdlɪ-) /


the principal library of Oxford University: a copyright deposit library

Word Origin for Bodleian

C17: named after Sir Thomas Bodley (1545–1613), English scholar who founded it in 1602

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Word Origin and History for bodleian


from Sir Thomas Bodley (1545-1613), who in 1597 refounded the library at Oxford University.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper