li·​brar·​i·​an | \ lī-ˈbrer-ē-ən How to pronounce librarian (audio) , -ˈbre-rē- \

Definition of librarian

: a specialist in the care or management of a library

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Other Words from librarian

librarianship \ lī-​ˈbrer-​ē-​ən-​ˌship How to pronounce librarianship (audio) , -​ˈbre-​rē-​ \ noun

Examples of librarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stenftenagel has worked for the county library system since 2014, previously serving as a strategic and digital services division manager and as a librarian. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Stenftenagel named director of Washington County Library system," 25 Nov. 2019 That mental dexterity landed the scholar a gig as chief librarian at the famous library in Alexandria, Egypt. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "The Top 10 Science Experiments of All Time," 10 Oct. 2019 His wife worked at libraries in Detroit and Cleveland, then spent 10 years as head librarian at Glenville High School. Grant Segall, cleveland, "A. Grace Lee Mims dead at 89, pioneering host and producer of ‘The Black Arts’ on WCLV," 7 Oct. 2019 Olsen, who works as a law librarian, told me of Jazzercise. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The Atlantic, "The World That Jazzercise Built," 16 June 2019 Sue Barlach moved to New York, and for several years worked as a research librarian for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Alan Dershowitz, Devil’s Advocate," 5 Aug. 2018 Under the new plan, teachers, librarians, counselors and nurses will receive increases of up to $2,481, which is $551 more than the $1,930 raise approved in the summer. Ashley Mcbride,, "Judson ISD employees get revised raises from higher attendance," 21 Nov. 2019 Messina, for example, is a former public school librarian. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "To find the best tech for everyone, look to older adults," 5 Nov. 2019 In addition to Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler, and Boettcher, a librarian, 13 other champions will be competing in the tournament. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "'Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions' is back! Here's what you need to know," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of librarian

1702, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of librarian was in 1702

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6 Jan 2020

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“Librarian.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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How to pronounce librarian (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of librarian

: a person who works in a library


li·​brar·​i·​an | \ lī-ˈbrer-ē-ən How to pronounce librarian (audio) \

Kids Definition of librarian

: a person in charge of a library

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