Definition of antiquary in English:


Syllabification: an·ti·quar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈantiˌkwerē

noun (plural antiquaries)

  • another term for antiquarian.
    More example sentences
    • Most of the owners of Egyptian material appear to have been inquisitive antiquaries rather than aristocratic virtuosi seeking works of art for their country houses.
    • The antiquary John Aubrey, writing in the seventeenth century, cited a report that Shakespeare ‘had been in his younger years a schoolmaster in the country’.
    • My dear friend the Barbadian antiquary has given me a thoughtful and useful present.


mid 16th century: from Latin antiquarius, from antiquus (see antique).

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