antiquity

[ an-tik-wi-tee ]
/ ænˈtɪk wɪ ti /

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.

Nearby words

  1. antiqued,
  2. antiquely,
  3. antiquer,
  4. antiquey,
  5. antiquities,
  6. antirachitic,
  7. antiracism,
  8. antiradical,
  9. antirecessionary,
  10. antireflection coating

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for antiquity

antiquity

/ (ænˈtɪkwɪtɪ) /

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 antiquity

antiquity

n.

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.

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