Word Of The Day 4-28-2017

Bouquinist

Noun
bou·qui·niste

Popularity: Bottom 20% of words


Definition

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


Example

  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


Origin

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.