[vair-ee-awr-uh m, -ohr-]


containing different versions of the text by various editors: a variorum edition of Shakespeare.
containing many notes and commentaries by a number of scholars or critics: a variorum text of Cicero.


a variorum edition or text.

Origin of variorum

1720–30; short for Latin ēditiō cum notīs variōrum edition with the notes of various persons Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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containing notes by various scholars or critics or various versions of the texta variorum edition


an edition or text of this kind

Word Origin for variorum

C18: from Latin phrase ēditiō cum notīs variōrum edition with the notes of various commentators
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Word Origin and History for variorum

1728, Latin, genitive masculine plural of varius (see vary), in phrase editio cum notis variorum "an edition (especially of the complete works of a classical author) with notes of various commentators or editors." Use with reference to an edition of an author's works containing variant readings (1955) is "deplored by some scholars" [OED].

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