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 (vâr′ē-ôr′əm, văr′-)
1. An edition of the works of an author with notes by various scholars or editors.
2. An edition containing various versions of a text.
Of or relating to a variorum edition or text.

[From Latin (ēditiō cum notīs) variōrum, (edition with the notes) of various persons, genitive pl. of varius, various.]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) containing notes by various scholars or critics or various versions of the text: a variorum edition.
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an edition or text of this kind
[C18: from Latin phrase ēditiō cum notīs variōrum edition with the notes of various commentators]


(ˌvɛər iˈɔr əm, -ˈoʊr-)

1. containing different versions of a certain text.
2. containing notes and commentaries by a number of scholars.
3. a variorum edition or text.
[1720–30; < Latin ēditiō cum notīs variōrum edition with the notes of various persons]


a work containing all available versions and variants of a text to enable scholars to compare them and study the development of the work. — variorum, adj.
See also: Books


 a collection of an author’s complete works with a commentary or notes, 1728.
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Following four pages of general introduction, Hudspeth reviews each of the ten volumes in self-contained essays that average five or six pages, with the exception of Volume IV, Representative Men, which receives ten pages; volumes VIII and IX, Letters and Social Aims and Poems: A Variorum Edition respectively, which receive about nine pages each, and Volume 10, Uncollected Prose Writings, which receives 19 pages of review because of the complexity of the editorial problems involved.
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A new title in Ashgate's Variorum Collected Studies Series, Studies in English Church Music comprises fourteen essays reprinted from journal articles and specialized book chapters that Temperley has published over the years.
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