Word Of The Day 4-28-2017



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A person who deals in second-hand books.  Today, we’d call him a Used Book Salesman.


  1. Like all the rest of the world, he possessed the termination in ist, without which no one could exist at that time, but he was neither a Royalist, a Bonapartist, a Chartist, an Orleanist, nor an Anarchist; he was a bouquinist, a collector of old books. –Les Miserables, Volume III, Marius


Middle French boucquain (rare old book), from Middle Dutch *boeckin, *boeckijn (little book), diminutive of Middle Dutch boec (book), (compare Middle Dutch boecskin, boekelkin). More at book, -kin.


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