an·​ti·​quar·​i·​an | \ ˌan-tə-ˈkwer-ē-ən How to pronounce antiquarian (audio) \

Definition of antiquarian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who collects or studies antiquities



Definition of antiquarian (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to antiquarians or antiquities
2 : dealing in old or rare books

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antiquarianism \ ˌan-​tə-​ˈkwer-​ē-​ə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce antiquarian (audio) \ noun

Examples of antiquarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then, around 1820, a Philadelphia antiquarian named Alexander Young found Winslow’s account. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "‘I Was Teaching a Lot of Misconceptions.’ The Way American Kids Are Learning About the 'First Thanksgiving' Is Changing," 21 Nov. 2019 From the 16th to the 19th century, generations of antiquarians searched for the burial place of the warrior queen, with targets including Stonehenge and even Charing Cross Station in London. Richard Hingley, National Geographic, "Big, bad Boudica united thousands of ancient Britons against Rome," 22 Oct. 2019 The late English antiquarian Hilda Ellis Davidson suggested that some elements of Ragnarok—the Sun turned to black, flames shooting toward the sky—could have been inspired by the eruption of volcanos in Iceland. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth," 16 Nov. 2018 By the 16th century cardinals and other antiquarians began to take an interest in the sculpture that occasionally turned up in these plots of land. Greg Woolf, WSJ, "‘Rome: A History in Seven Sackings’ Review: The City That Survived," 29 June 2018 It was discovered in October 1817 by the strongman of the early antiquarians, Italian explorer Giovanni Battista Belzoni. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Egypt," 5 Oct. 2016 JF Chen's eponymous Melrose Avenue shop is an antiquarian's paradise, offering museum-quality furniture, lighting, decor, and art. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Furniture Dealer Is Auctioning His Personal Collection at Christie’s," 8 Feb. 2018 In their enthusiasm to denigrate medieval relics and their custodians, these Anglican antiquarians also dismissed some rational explanations for corporal incorruption. Katherine Harvey, The Atlantic, "The Saintliness of Undecayed Corpses," 27 Oct. 2017 There are no fewer than a dozen rival theories advanced by a rich confusion of academics, antiquarians and statesmen who contradict one another and sometimes themselves. Smithsonian, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 29 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The city will host at least 10, offering hundreds of booths of modern and contemporary art, from blue chip to brand-new, and even a sampling of antiquarian books. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "Which Art Fair Is for You? Let Our Critic Be Your Guide," 4 Mar. 2020 Kay and his wife renovated the once-crumbling mansion and, with the help of an antiquarian friend in London, are filling it with period pieces and Nightingale memorabilia. Tina Hillier, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Defiance of Florence Nightingale," 20 Feb. 2020 Architectural classicism is a living language, not an antiquarian straitjacket. Myron Magnet, WSJ, "Drain the Swamp of Ugly Architecture," 6 Feb. 2020 Big-game hunters can browse the store’s antiquarian titles, and those looking for quantity will be drawn to the eclectic and constantly updated sales rack out front. Michael Hingston, Houston Chronicle, "London’s bookstores punctuate the city," 20 Sep. 2019 All are invited to Huntington Hospital’s boutique and consignment shop, the Huntington Collection for a special sale of vintage, rare, collectible and antiquarian books. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events: Pickleball court, Sheriff’s captain meet-and-greet, native flora," 24 Sep. 2019 All are invited to Huntington Hospital’s boutique and consignment shop, the Huntington Collection for a special sale of vintage, rare, collectible and antiquarian books. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events: Pickleball court, Sheriff’s captain meet-and-greet, native flora," 24 Sep. 2019 Once a week or so, legendary antiquarian and shopkeeper John Rosselli steals away to his home away from home. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "The Secret World of a New York Antiques Impresario," 18 Nov. 2019 Harold Braggs founded the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club with antiquarian Henry Harper in 2009. Detroit Free Press, "African-American art stars in new Detroit Institute of Arts show — and so do collectors," 9 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of antiquarian


1610, in the meaning defined above


1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Antiquarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of antiquarian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who collects, studies, or sells valuable old things



English Language Learners Definition of antiquarian (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to the collection and study of valuable old things (such as old books)

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