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an·​ti·​quar·​i·​an ˌan-tə-ˈkwer-ē-ən How to pronounce antiquarian (audio)
: one who collects or studies antiquities


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: of or relating to antiquarians or antiquities
: dealing in old or rare books
antiquarianism noun

Examples of antiquarian in a Sentence

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In 1852, however, the antiquarian Richard Hitchcock visited the site and concluded that the tomb had been dismantled, perhaps so that its stones could be reused elsewhere. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2024 The few copies of her books that remained reached fantastic prices on the open market (a hardback first edition of Twice Lost costs $300 today), and so people who had copies, usually antiquarians or mystery enthusiasts, described the stories to those who couldn’t find or afford them. Joanna Biggs, Harper's Magazine, 10 Jan. 2024 There are also references to the figure in a 1734 letter by the then-Bishop of Bristol and a 1738 letter by antiquarian Francis Wise. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 8 Jan. 2024 Bad Animal, a rare and used bookstore and natural wine bar, has wines from California and beyond, along with books ranging from $4 paperbacks to $40,000 antiquarian volumes. Lauren Sloss, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 Michael Dawson is a third-generation Los Angeles bookseller from the celebrated antiquarian book and photography sellers. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 In the mid-19th century, a British antiquarian named Sir Thomas Phillipps announced his intention of owning one copy of every book in the world. Franz Lidz, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2023 Mac antiquarians will be pleased to know that ProtectWorks supports all versions of the operating system back to Snow Leopard (10.6), and Intego goes back to Mavericks (10.9). PCMAG, 13 Sep. 2023 The scholar and antiquarian John Leland was one of the men Henry dispatched to monasteries in search of volumes containing information that would justify his new position as head of the church. V.m. Braganza, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023
The building used to be an antiquarian bookshop with soaring arches and the owners have kept the charming vintage vibes. Laura Itzkowitz, Travel + Leisure, 11 May 2024 Such antiquarian methods did nothing to slow Mr. Auster’s breathless output. Alex Williams, New York Times, 1 May 2024 These appealed to Morgan’s antiquarian side as well as his desire to commune with biblical events via earliest accounts. Texts such as the Algonquin Bible, an early Native American Bible, and William Tynedale’s English Bibles from the 1530s show how Christianity’s messaging evolved. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 18 Jan. 2024 The market for rare and antiquarian books is having a moment, having wrapped up another year of record sales and attractive returns. Vikram Barhat, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2024 Columnist Patt Morrison roams the rich history of the city’s new, used, rare, secondhand, antiquarian bookstores. Donna Wares, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Looking for the murderer of a friend, members of the Thursday Murder Club find suspects in the antiquarian industry. 10 THE ILIAD (W. W. Norton, $39.95). Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2023 Looking for the murderer of a friend, members of the Thursday Murder Club find suspects in the antiquarian industry. 3 THE VASTER WILDS (Riverhead, $28). Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 LaKeith Stanfield, playing a single note with building intensity, stars as Apollo, a dealer in antiquarian books. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1595, in the meaning defined above


1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of antiquarian was in 1595

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“Antiquarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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1 of 2 noun
an·​ti·​quar·​i·​an ˌant-ə-ˈkwer-ē-ən How to pronounce antiquarian (audio)


2 of 2 adjective
: of or relating to antiquaries or antiquities

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