- The definition of archaic is something being old or from a previous time period.
An example of something archaic is a rotary phone.
- belonging to an earlier period; ancient
- antiquated; old-fashioned
- that has ceased to be used except for special purposes, as in poetry, church ritual, etc.: thou is an archaic form of you
Origin: Classical Greek archaikos ; from archaios, old, ancient ; from archein, begin
- archaically adverb
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- also Archaic Of, relating to, or characteristic of a much earlier, often more primitive period, especially one that develops into a classical stage of civilization: an archaic bronze statuette; Archaic Greece.
- No longer current or applicable; antiquated: archaic laws. See Synonyms at old.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of words and language that were once in regular use but are now relatively rare and suggestive of an earlier style or period.
Origin: Greek arkhaikos, old-fashioned, from arkhaios, ancient, from arkhē, beginning, from arkhein, to begin.
- ar·chaˈi·cal·ly adverb