[ ahr-kee-ahyz, -key- ]
/ ˈɑr kiˌaɪz, -keɪ- /

verb (used with object), ar·cha·ized, ar·cha·iz·ing.

to give an archaic appearance or quality to: The poet archaized her work with many Elizabethan words.

verb (used without object), ar·cha·ized, ar·cha·iz·ing.

to use archaisms.
Also especially British, ar·cha·ise.

Origin of archaize

First recorded in 1840–50, archaize is from the Greek word archaízein to imitate the language of ancient authors. See archaeo-, -ize

Related forms

ar·cha·iz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for archaize



/ (ˈɑːkɪˌaɪz, -keɪ-) /


(tr) to give an archaic appearance or character to, as by the use of archaisms

Derived Forms

archaizer or archaiser, noun
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