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Bodleian

[bod-lee-uh n, bod-lee-]
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noun
  1. the library of Oxford University, reestablished by Sir Thomas Bodley, 1545–1613, English diplomat and scholar.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to this library.
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Origin of Bodleian

after Sir Thomas Bodley; see -an
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Historical Examples

  • Baxter's Procrustes is one of the publications of the Bodleian Club.

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue

    Various

  • Mr. Blades mentions a white book-worm, slain by the librarian of the Bodleian.

    The Library

    Andrew Lang

  • Poets, in the Bodleian, says that the second edition was in 8vo.

  • One of these, from the Bodleian Library, is here figured (fig. 79).

    The Care of Books

    John Willis Clark

  • This library—now the central portion of the Bodleian—had been completed about 1480.

    The Care of Books

    John Willis Clark


British Dictionary definitions for bodleian

Bodleian

noun
  1. the principal library of Oxford University: a copyright deposit library
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Word Origin

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

Bodleian

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

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