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From Latin antīquārius (pertaining to antiquity, one fond of or employed in antiquities), from antīquus (ancient) + -ārius; equivalent to antique +‎ -ary.


antiquary (plural antiquaries)

  1. A person who is knowledgeable of, or who collects antiques (especially one holding an official position); an antiquarian.
  2. An aficionado or student of antiquities, ancient artifacts, historic sites, ancient writings, or things of the past.
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XX, in Romance and Reality. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC, page 306:
      The sound of the bubbling water grew more distinct, as the ear became accustomed to its music: it reminded him of one very like it in Etheringhame Park. Both might have made the delight of either antiquary or poet.

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antiquary (not comparable)

  1. Relating to antiquity.