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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Definitions for antiquarian

  1. One who collects, studies, or deals in objects or relics from the past.
  2. Of or pertaining to antiquarians or objects or relics from the past.
  3. Dealing in or concerned with old or rare books.

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Citations for antiquarian
From the depositions filed with the Loyalist Claims Commission after the Revolution, from a handful of letters gathered by an antiquarian at the beginning of the twentieth century, and from scattered court papers in scattered archives, it is possible to piece together some of the family's history. Linda K. Kerber, No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies
Except to antiquarians and preservationists, silent cinema has little presence on the cultural radar screen, its landmark films unrented on video, its iconic images spotted only as fodder for video collage on MTV. Thomas Doherty, Pre-Code Hollywood
Origin of antiquarian
1600-1610
Antiquarian is from Latin antiquarius, "pertaining to antiquity," from antiquus, "ancient."