Definition of antiquary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈantɪkwəri/

noun (plural antiquaries)

Another term for antiquarian.
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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