(comparative more archaic, superlative most archaic)
- Of or characterized by antiquity; old-fashioned, quaint, antiquated.
- (of words) No longer in ordinary use, though still used occasionally to give a sense of antiquity.
- (archaeology) Belonging to the archaic period
From archaism (“ancient or obsolete phrase or expression”) or from French archaïque, ultimately from Ancient Greek ἀρχαικός (arkhaikos, “old-fashioned”), from ἀρχαῖος (arkhaios, “from the beginning, antiquated, ancient, old”), from ἀρχή (arkhē, “beginning, origin”), from ἄρχω (arkhō, “I am first”).