- 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
Examples from the Web for antiquity
“The origin of Brokpas is lost in antiquity,” a research article from the University of Delhi notes.The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans
January 3, 2015
I just think the cold is blissful”—a pause for an inside-joke smile—“in my antiquity.The Stacks: The Eyes of Winter: Paul Newman at 70
October 11, 2014
Still, the tradition of a hero with a younger, or everyman, acolyte stretches back to antiquity.Holy Homophobia, Batman! A Queer Reading of the Dark Knight
July 26, 2014
As a center of Christian antiquity, Mosul is considered by many Middle Eastern Christians to be one of their holiest cities.ISIS Robs Christians Fleeing Its Edict in Mosul: Convert, Leave, or Die
July 22, 2014
The danger of the 300 series is that it denies the same dimensionality to Greek antiquity.‘300’ Is a Misleading, Muscle-Bound Travesty of Ancient History
March 13, 2014
Even in antiquity the wiseacres took our royal buffoon too seriously.
Their precise age and antiquity have been disputed with some acrimony.
It was worth while going to Chteau-Chinon for the sight of such a piece of antiquity as that!The Roof of France
Of the antiquity of the drama of Ollantay there is now no question.Apu Ollantay
But enough, and perhaps too much, for the question of its antiquity.Imogen
- the quality of being ancient or very olda 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
Word Origin and History for antiquity
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.