- The definition of anachronism is a person or thing that is placed in a time period where it does not fit.
If a movie about ancient Egypt showed a Pharaoh wearing a wristwatch, the wristwatch would be an example of an anachronism.
A modern businessman is a teepee is an anachronism.
anachronism definition by Webster's New World
- the representation of something as existing or occurring at other than its proper time, esp. earlier
- anything that is or seems to be out of its proper time in history
Origin: Medieval Greek anachronismos ; from anachronizein, to refer to a wrong time ; from Classical Greek ana-, against plush chronos, time
anachronism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or historical order.
- One that is out of its proper or chronological order, especially a person or practice that belongs to an earlier time: “A new age had plainly dawned, an age that made the institution of a segregated picnic seem an anachronism” (Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)
Origin: French anachronisme, from New Latin anachronismus, from Late Greek anakhronismos, from anakhronizesthai, to be an anachronism : Greek ana-, ana- + Greek khronizein, to take time (from khronos, time).
- a·nachˌro·nisˈtic, a·nachˈro·nous adjective
- a·nachˌro·nisˈti·cal·ly, a·nachˈro·nous·ly adverb