Definition of variorum in English:
1(Of an edition of an author’s works) having notes by various editors or commentators.
- 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.
noun (plural variorums)Back to top
early 18th century: genitive plural of varius 'diverse', from Latin editio cum notis variorum 'edition with notes by various (commentators)'.
Definition of variorum in:
- US English dictionary