Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who held bookland.
  • n. A studious or learned man; a scholar; a student; one who is more familiar with books than with men and things.
  • n. One who sells or publishes books; a bookseller.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A studious man; a scholar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In old English law, one who held bookland.
  • n. A studious or learned man; a scholar; a student; hence, one who is more familiar with books than with men and things.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines

Etymologies

From Middle English bocman, from Old English bōcmann ("bookman, a holder of bookland"), equivalent to book +‎ man. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.