[gruh-mair-ee-uh n]


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

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

Related Words for grammarian

rhetorician, philologist, grammatist

Examples from the Web for grammarian

Contemporary Examples of grammarian

  • The grammarian Tyrannion supposedly had 30,000 of them; the physician Serenus Sammonicus is reputed to have had 60,000.

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    The Book That Changed the World

    Jimmy So

    October 7, 2011

Historical Examples of grammarian

  • The grammarian, for example, can persuade one and he can persuade many about letters.

    Alcibiades I

    (may be spurious) Plato

  • For all might be claimed the funeral honours which Browning claimed for his Grammarian.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore

  • The grammarian, in his hunger and thirst after knowledge and truth, thought not of time.

  • But the grammarian was true to one side only of Browning's philosophy of life.

  • This is that wonderful relation which we have given us by this grammarian.

    Against Apion

    Flavius Josephus

British Dictionary definitions for grammarian



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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