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antiquarian

[an-ti-kwair-ee-uh n] /ˌæn tɪˈkwɛər i ən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to antiquaries or to the study of antiquities.
2.
of, dealing in, or interested in old or rare books.
noun
3.
an antiquary.
4.
a size of drawing and writing paper, 31 × 53 or 29 × 52 inches.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin antīquāri(us) (see antiquary) + -an
Related forms
antiquarianism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for antiquarians

antiquarian

/ˌæntɪˈkwɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
concerned with the study of antiquities or antiques
noun
2.
the largest size of handmade drawing paper, 53 × 31 inches
3.
a less common name for antiquary
Derived Forms
antiquarianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antiquarians

antiquarian

n.

"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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