AskDefine | Define antiquity

Dictionary Definition



1 the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
2 extreme oldness [syn: ancientness]
3 an artifact surviving from the past

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin antiquitas, from antiquus: compare with French antiquité. See Antique.


IPA: WEAE /ænˈtɪk.kwʌ.ti/


  1. Ancient times; former ages; times long since past
    Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity.
  2. The ancients; the people of ancient times.
    That such pillars were raised by Seth all antiquity has avowed. --Sir W. Raleigh.
  3. An old gentleman.
    You are a shrewd antiquity, neighbor Clench. --B. Jonson.
  4. (often constructed as an uncountable plural) A relic or monument of ancient times; as, a coin, a statue, etc.; an ancient institution.


ancient times
  • Croatian: antika
  • Dutch: oudheid
  • Japanese: (mukashi)
  • Portuguese: antiguidade
  • Spanish: antigüedad
the ancients

Extensive Definition

Antiquity may refer to:
antiquity in Czech: Starověk
antiquity in Danish: Oldtiden
antiquity in German: Antike
antiquity in Spanish: Antigüedad
antiquity in French: Antiquité
antiquity in Dutch: Oudheid
antiquity in Japanese: 古典
antiquity in Occitan (post 1500): Antiquitat
antiquity in Polish: Starożytność
antiquity in Russian: Античность
antiquity in Slovak: Starovek
antiquity in Slovenian: Antika
antiquity in Swedish: Antiken

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abidingness, aboriginality, age, ancien regime, ancient history, ancient manuscript, ancient times, ancientness, antique, archaism, artifact, atavism, cave painting, cobwebs of antiquity, constancy, continuance, defeat of time, defiance of time, distance of time, distant past, diuturnity, durability, durableness, duration, dust of ages, eld, elderliness, eldership, endurance, eolith, fossil, great age, hoary age, hoary eld, inveteracy, lastingness, long standing, long-lastingness, long-livedness, longevity, maintenance, mezzolith, microlith, neolith, old age, old order, old style, oldness, paleolith, perdurability, perennation, permanence, perpetuity, persistence, petrification, petrified forest, petrified wood, petroglyph, plateaulith, primitiveness, primogeniture, primordialism, primordiality, relic, reliquiae, remains, remote age, ruin, ruins, senility, seniority, stability, standing, steadfastness, survival, survivance, time immemorial, venerableness, vestige
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