noun Bol·land·ist \ˈbäləndə̇st\

Definition of Bollandist



  1. :  any of the Jesuit editors of the Acta Sanctorum, a collection of biographies of Christian saints and martyrs based on critical evaluation of the sources

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Origin and Etymology of bollandist

Jean de Bolland †1665 Flemish Jesuit hagiologist who began the work + English -ist

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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