meaning of archaic

archaic meaning in General Dictionary

Of or described as antiquity or archaism antiquated obsolescent

View more

  • little evolved from or characteristic of a youthful ancestral kind
  • so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
  • Of or described as antiquity or archaism; antiquated; obsolescent.

archaic meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1810, from or by influence of French archaique (1776), in the end from Greek arkhaikos "old-fashioned," from arkhaios "ancient," from arkhe "beginning" (see archon). Archaical is attested from 1799.


archaic meaning in Philosophy Dictionary

A style that will be primitive and partial when comparing to a posterior style which will be considered perfect and full. -- L.V.


archaic meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Of or described as antiquity or archaism; antiquated; obsolescent.


Sentence Examples with the word archaic

The style of the sculptures on the frieze is quite barbaric, with archaic elements, and is probably derived from Gaul.

View more Sentence Examples