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[groh-lee-er; French graw-lyey]
  1. pertaining to a decorative design (Grolier design) in bookbinding, consisting of bands interlaced in geometric forms.
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Origin of Grolier

First recorded in 1820–30; named after J. Grolier de Servières
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Historical Examples of grolier

  • After all, it's only a copy of a Grolier, just a little altered.

    Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe

    Eugne Brieux

  • Grolier, it appeared, had led his party against the theological liberals.

    A Far Country, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • He invented antique letters for Grolier, he tells us in his Champfleury.

    The Printed Book

    Henri Bouchot

  • The discoveries of Grolier did not allow the binders much time to be idle.

    The Printed Book

    Henri Bouchot

  • We are indebted to the Grolier Club for some of the best of these.

British Dictionary definitions for grolier


  1. relating to or denoting a decorative style of bookbinding using interlaced leather straps, gilded ornamental scrolls, etc
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Word Origin for Grolier

C19: named after Jean Grolier de Servières (1479–1565), French bibliophile
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