librarian

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

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. libidinous,
  2. libido,
  3. libman-sacks endocarditis,
  4. libor ,
  5. libra,
  6. librarianship,
  7. library,
  8. library binding,
  9. library card,
  10. library edition

Origin of librarian

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

Related formssub·li·brar·i·an, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for librarian

librarian

/ (laɪˈbrɛərɪən) /

noun

a person in charge of or assisting in a library
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Word Origin and History for librarian

librarian

n.

"custodian of a library," 1713; see library + -an. Earlier form was library-keeper (1640s), and librarian was used earlier in a sense "scribe" (1660s).

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