from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who studies, collects, or deals in antiquities.
- adj. Of or relating to antiquarians or to the study or collecting of antiquities.
- adj. Dealing in or having to do with old or rare books.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to antiquaries, or to antiquity; as, antiquarian literature.
- n. A collector, student or expert of antiquities or antiques.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to antiquaries, or to antiquity.
- n. An antiquary.
- n. A drawing paper of large size. See under Paper, n.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to antiquaries or to antiquarianism; connected with the study of antiquities, particularly of such as are comparatively modern, and of such as have interest rather as curiosities than for their inherent or archæological importance: as, an antiquarian museum.
- An epithet applied to a size of drawing-paper, 53 × 31 or 52 × 29 inches.
- n. Same as antiquary, 1 and 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to persons who study or deal in antiques or antiquities
- n. an expert or collector of antiquities
- adj. of or relating to antiques or antiquities
Showman -- At Home! and A Slap at Slop! engaged primarily in antiquarian research for his projected
Today, there's a trend toward decorating with such exotic, "antiquarian" - looking objects.
The reverend father Dom Calmet, a great antiquarian, that is, a great compiler of what was said in former times and what is repeated at the present day, has confounded lues with leprosy.
Also, Hone is engaged in long-term antiquarian research in British Library, probably begun as preparation for his announced (but never produced)
Saturnalia of Lipsius, who, as an antiquarian, is inclined to excuse the practice of antiquity, (tom.iii. p. 483 — 56 Cod.
Carlyle called the antiquarian or historical researcher "Dryasdust."
And classical reminiscences have, even with him, a dull musty tinge which recalls the antiquarian in his Cambridge college-rooms rather than the visitor to Florence and Rome.
This retrieval of information not instantly validated by presentist urgencies may seem to belong to what Nietzsche called "antiquarian" history: the indiscriminate preservation of everything just because it is old (73-74).
We cannot fetishize "antiquarian" history as a solution to our problems, but it is a restraint upon despair or chaos.
While the "antiquarian" methods that Simpson urges us to adopt invite us to experience reading as a "meditative" act in which our epistemological and ultimately our ontological relations to historical material are both tentative and multi-directional, he doesn't afford this kind of flexibility to presentist readers.