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Meaning of ANTIQUITY

Pronunciation:  an'tikwitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an artifact surviving from the past
  2. [n]  extreme oldness
  3. [n]  the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe

ANTIQUITY is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: ancientness
 See Also: antique, artefact, artifact, historic period, history, oldness, relic, Roman building, stela, stele



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\An*tiq"ui*ty\, n.; pl. {Antiquities}. [L. antiquitas,
fr. antiquus: cf. F. antiquit['e]. See {Antique}.]
1. The quality of being ancient; ancientness; great age; as,
   a statue of remarkable antiquity; a family of great

2. Old age. [Obs.]

         It not your voice broken? . . . and every part about
         you blasted with antiquity?           --Shak.

3. Ancient times; former ages; times long since past; as,
   Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity.

4. The ancients; the people of ancient times.

         That such pillars were raised by Seth all antiquity
         has ?vowed.                           --Sir W.

5. An old gentleman. [Obs.]

         You are a shrewd antiquity, neighbor Clench. --B.

6. A relic or monument of ancient times; as, a coin, a
   statue, etc.; an ancient institution.

Note: [In this sense, usually in the plural.] ``Heathen
      antiquities.'' --Bacon.

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