- 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 antiquities
Britain refuses to listen, but has shocked the art world by secretly loaning one of the antiquities to Russia.Britain Has Lost Its Marbles: Elgin Loan Will Appease Putin
December 5, 2014
But when it comes to the value of antiquities for human history, the sum of the parts is not greater than the whole.
Until scholars and collectors stop buying, antiquities dealers have no incentive to stop selling.
Alongside Turkish antiquities dealers there are those looking to sell family heirlooms.
Given his alter ego, it may not come as a surprise that Goyeneche is into antiquities, especially of the pre-Colombian variety.Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali
October 19, 2014
That Frenchman who came here in the sixties for antiquities?The Book of Khalid
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.Byeways in Palestine
It was also rich in natural science, topography, and antiquities.The Book-Hunter in London
- remains or relics, such as statues, buildings, or coins, that date from ancient times
- 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 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.