[ gruh-mair-ee-uh n ]
/ grəˈmɛər i ən /


a specialist or expert in grammar.
a person who claims to establish or is reputed to have established standards of usage in a language.

Nearby words

  1. grammage,
  2. grammalogue,
  3. grammar,
  4. grammar school,
  5. grammar-translation method,
  6. grammatical,
  7. grammatical gender,
  8. grammatical meaning,
  9. grammaticality,
  10. grammaticalize

Origin of grammarian

1350–1400; Middle English gramarien < Old French gramairien. See grammar, -ian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grammarian


/ (ɡrəˈmɛərɪən) /


a person whose occupation is the study of grammar
the author of a grammar
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Word Origin and History for grammarian



"student of or writer on (Latin) grammar; philologist, etymologist;" in general use, "learned man," late 14c., from Old French gramairien (Modern French grammairien) "grammarian, wise man, person who knows Latin; magician," agent noun from grammaire (see grammar).

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