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[an-ti-kwair-ee-uh n] /ˌæn tɪˈkwɛər i ən/
pertaining to antiquaries or to the study of antiquities.
of, dealing in, or interested in old or rare books.
an antiquary.
a size of drawing and writing paper, 31 × 53 or 29 × 52 inches.
Origin of antiquarian
1600-10; < Latin antīquāri(us) (see antiquary) + -an
Related forms
antiquarianism, noun Unabridged
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  • These stores certainly still exist but the survivors seem more and more to cater to the antiquarian trade.
  • One sister runs a dot-com start-up and the other works for an antiquarian book dealer.
  • Coster-Mullen's research project can be construed as a danger to mankind or as a useless antiquarian endeavor.
  • But the rum had an outsize taste that was beguiling and somehow antiquarian.
  • Moreover, in what he did write his keenest ideas remain entangled in a dense network of antiquarian erudition.
  • In antiquarian works, again, literature owed much to the needs of engraving.
  • Illustrating the antiquarian and academic interest in the theatre which accompanied its decadence.
  • We have had historic romances written in the style of the antiquarian and histories that better deserve the name of romances.
  • antiquarian books abound with old wives' tales and treatments tried and found to be untrue.
  • Binding information intended primarily for use with antiquarian materials, rare books, and other special collections.
British Dictionary definitions for antiquarian


concerned with the study of antiquities or antiques
the largest size of handmade drawing paper, 53 × 31 inches
a less common name for antiquary
Derived Forms
antiquarianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antiquarian

"one who studies or is fond of antiquities," c.1600, from Latin antiquarius "pertaining to antiquity," from antiquus (see antique (adj.)) + -an. As an adjective from 1771.

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