Definitions for variorumˌvɛər iˈɔr əm, -ˈoʊr-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
var•i•o•rumˌvɛər iˈɔr əm, -ˈoʊr-(adj.)
containing different versions of a certain text.
containing notes and commentaries by a number of scholars.
(n.)a variorum edition or text.
Origin of variorum:
1720–30; < L ēditiō cum notīs variōrum edition with the notes of various persons
variorum, variorum edition(noun)
an edition containing various versions of a text or notes by various scholars or editors
An edition of a written work (especially the complete works of a classical writer) showing the notes and readings of a variety of different editors or commentators.
Origin: From Latin variorum, genitive plural masculine of varius ‘various’, in the phrase editio cum notis variorum ‘edition with various notes’.
containing notes by different persons; -- applied to a publication; as, a variorum edition of a book
A variorum is a work that collates all known variants of a text. It is a work of textual criticism, whereby all variations and emendations are set side by side so that a reader can track how textual decisions have been made in the preparation of a text for publication. The Bible and the works of William Shakespeare have often been the subjects of variorum editions, although the same techniques have been applied with less frequency to many other works.
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