meaning of antiquity

antiquity meaning in General Dictionary

the grade of becoming ancient ancientness great age as a statue of remarkable antiquity a family of good antiquity

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  • the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in European countries
  • severe oldness
  • an artifact enduring from the past
  • the standard of becoming old; ancientness; great age; as, a statue of remarkable antiquity; a household of great antiquity.
  • senior years.
  • Ancient times; former many years; times very long since past; since, Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity.
  • The ancients; individuals of old times.
  • An old guy.
  • A relic or memorial of old times; as, a coin, a statue, etc.; a historical organization. [inside sense, often in plural.]

antiquity meaning in Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "olden times," from Old French antiquitet (11c.; Modern French antiquit


antiquity meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) The quality of being old; ancientness; great age; since, a statue of remarkable antiquity; a household of great antiquity.

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  • (n.) Old age.
  • (letter.) Ancient times; former many years; times long since past; as, Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity.
  • (letter.) The ancients; the individuals of old times.
  • (letter.) A classic gentleman.
  • (n.) A relic or memorial of ancient times; since, a coin, a statue, etc.; a historical institution. [In this sense, often in the plural.]

Sentence Examples with the word antiquity

It was in that year that the discoveries by Boucher de Perthes of flintimplements in France and England were first held to have clearly proved the great antiquity of man.

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