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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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.
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 a collection of an author’s complete works with a commentary or notes, 1728.
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Noun1.variorum - an edition containing various versions of a text or notes by various scholars or editorsvariorum - an edition containing various versions of a text or notes by various scholars or editors
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'novelist' Belleforest, in his 'Histoires Tragiques.' (There is a translation of Belleforest in the second volume of the 'Variorum' edition of 'Hamlet'; also in Hazlitt's 'Shakespeare Library,' I, ii, 217 ff.) Probably on this was based an English play, perhaps written by Thomas Kyd, which is now lost but which seems to be represented, in miserably garbled form, in an existing text of a German play acted by English players in Germany in the seventeenth century.
'Variorum' edition.) The second quarto, virtually Shakspere's finished form, was published in 1604.
Chapters 7-10 present the Variorum: the comprehensive edition Willingham has compiled using the collated texts from the manuscript and print editions.
Four recent publications in the Variorum Series have enabled the work of leading twentieth- and twenty-first-century medieval English drama scholars to be more readily accessible.
A variorum edition, edited by Richard van den Berg, Abingdon, Routledge, 2015, 514 pp., [pounds sterling]126.00, ISBN: 9781138014589
Explicitly drawing inspiration from the late Madeleine Doran (initially herself an advocate of revision) and from Richard Knowles (staunchly and influentially opposed to revision), whose New Variorum edition of King Lear, soon to be published, was made available to him in manuscript, Vickers offers another interpretation of the two printings.
Woodhouse and Douglas Bush's volume of the Variorum Commentary of the Poems of John Milton as a model (viii).
El presente volumen, publicado dentro de la coleccion variorum de la editorial Ashgate, es una recopilacion de una veintena de articulos publicados entre los anos 1979 y 2010 en diversas revistas cientificas u obras colectivas.
There follow chapters on editing and editions of Donne, including a chapter by Richard Todd that explains what the Donne Variorum is accomplishing.
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.
The vastness and the changefulness of the variorum come close to reflecting the vastness and changefulness of Tagore's mind.