Definition of variorum in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌvɛːrɪˈɔːrəm


1(Of an edition of an author’s works) having notes by various editors or commentators.
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  • Fisher's great book has been reissued in a variorum edition.
  • The numbers in parentheses are those assigned by Thomas H. Johnson, editor of The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, to the poems in the 1955 variorum edition.
  • Malone's work verges, in fact, on the encyclopedic: in his variorum edition he anticipates the modern collaborative online encyclopedias.
1.1Including variant readings from manuscripts or earlier editions.
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  • The necessary antithesis of the clean, facsimile page is therefore the riotous variorum page where perhaps only a single line of primary text remains.

noun (plural variorums)

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A variorum edition.
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  • Though one does not usually think of scholarly variorums as narratives, they in fact are.
  • I once noted the oddity that Hardy had two variorums and no concordance, while Hopkins had two concordances and no variorum.


early 18th century: genitive plural of varius 'diverse', from Latin editio cum notis variorum 'edition with notes by various (commentators)'.

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