antiquity[an tik′wə tē]
- Antiquity is defined as the time in history that preceded the Middle Ages.
An example of someone familiar from the period of Antiquity is Constantine the Great.
- The definition of antiquity refers to the state of being old.
An example of something that is in a state of antiquity is a very old car.
- Antiquity refers to a long ago time.
An example of a time that could be referred to as antiquity is the early 1900's.
- the early period of history, esp. before the Middle Ages
- the quality of being ancient or old; great age: a statue of great antiquity
- the people of ancient times
- relics, monuments, etc. of the distant past
- ancient manners, customs, etc.
Origin of antiquityMiddle English and amp; Old French antiquite ; from Classical Latin antiquitas ; from antiquus: see antique
- Ancient times, especially the times preceding the Middle Ages.
- The people, especially the writers and artisans, of ancient times: inventions unknown to antiquity.
- The quality of being old or ancient; considerable age: a carving of great antiquity.
- often antiquities Something, such as an object or a relic, belonging to or dating from ancient times.
- Ancient times; former ages; times long since past.
- Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity.
- The ancients; the people of ancient times.
- That such pillars were raised by Seth all antiquity has avowed. —Sir W. Raleigh.
- (often constructed as an uncountable plural) A relic or monument of ancient times; as, a coin, a statue, etc.; an ancient institution.
- State of being ancient or of ancient lineage.
- As a proper noun, usually used to refer to the period of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.