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[an-tik-wi-tee] /ænˈtɪk wɪ ti/
noun, plural antiquities.
the quality of being ancient; ancientness:
a bowl of great antiquity.
ancient times; former ages:
the splendor of antiquity.
the period of history before the Middle Ages.
the peoples, nations, tribes, or cultures of ancient times.
Usually, antiquities. something belonging to or remaining from ancient times, as monuments, relics, or customs.
Origin of antiquity
1350-1400; Middle English antiquite < Anglo-French < Latin antīquitās, equivalent to antīqu(us) old (see antique) + -itās -ity
Related forms
preantiquity, noun, plural preantiquities.
subantiquity, noun, plural subantiquities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for antiquities
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  • That Frenchman who came here in the sixties for antiquities?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • In this new country, it is needless to say, we have no antiquities of that sort.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • This place is remarkable for the accumulation of Aztec and Spanish antiquities.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • The two valleys are adjoining, but in the latter there are no antiquities or wonders.

  • It was also rich in natural science, topography, and antiquities.

    The Book-Hunter in London William Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for antiquities


plural noun
remains or relics, such as statues, buildings, or coins, that date from ancient times


noun (pl) -ties
the quality of being ancient or very old: a vase of great antiquity
the far distant past, esp the time preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
the people of ancient times collectively; the ancients
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Word Origin and History for antiquities



late 14c., "olden times," from Old French antiquitet (11c.; Modern French antiquité) "olden times; great age; old age," from Latin antiquitatem (nominative antiquitas) "ancient times, antiquity, venerableness," noun of quality from antiquus (see antique (adj.)). Specific reference to ancient Greece and Rome is from mid-15c.; meaning "quality of being old" is from about the same time. Antiquities "relics of ancient days" is from 1510s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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