- 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: Middle English and amp; Old French antiquite ; from Classical Latin antiquitas ; from antiquus: see antique
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noun pl. an·tiq·ui·ties
- 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.
- Something, such as an object or a relic, belonging to or dating from ancient times. Often used in the plural.