Other forms: bibliopoles

A bibliopole is a buyer and seller of used books, especially rare ones. If you’re looking for a hard-to-find old book, find a bibliopole, probably busy at work in a used bookstore.

The word bibliopole is from the Greek biblion for "book" and poles for "seller." The meaning is clear, but a bibliopole isn’t just a regular bookseller, it’s someone who sells second-hand or rare books. Looking for a copy of William Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job (1825)? Find a bibliopole. And a big stack of cash. Looking for the latest bestseller? Go to any ol’ bookstore and leave the bibliopoles alone. Most bibliopoles are bibliophiles — people who love books.

Definitions of bibliopole
  1. noun
    a dealer in secondhand books (especially rare or curious books)
    synonyms: bibliopolist
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    type of:
    bargainer, dealer, monger, trader
    someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
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