[ lahy-brair-ee-uh n ]
/ laɪˈbrɛər i ən /


a person trained in library science and engaged in library service.
a person in charge of a library, especially the chief administrative officer of a library.
a person who is in charge of any specialized body of literature, as a collection of musical scores.

Origin of librarian

First recorded in 1660–70; libr(ary) + -arian

Related forms

sub·li·brar·i·an, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for librarian


/ (laɪˈbrɛərɪən) /


a person in charge of or assisting in a library
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