noun, plural an·tiq·ui·ties.

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 formspre·an·tiq·ui·ty, noun, plural pre·an·tiq·ui·ties.sub·an·tiq·ui·ty, noun, plural sub·an·tiq·ui·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for antiquities

antique, relic, ruin, age, archaism

Examples from the Web for antiquities

Contemporary Examples of antiquities

Historical Examples of antiquities

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for antiquities


pl n

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


noun plural -ties

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
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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