Definition of antiquity
1 : ancient times; especially : those before the Middle Ages <a town that dates from antiquity>
2 : the quality of being ancient <a castle of great antiquity>
3 antiquities plural a : relics or monuments (such as coins, statues, or buildings) of ancient times <a museum of Greek antiquities>b : matters relating to the life or culture of ancient times <the study of Germanic antiquities>
4 : the people of ancient times <records left by antiquity>
Examples of antiquity in a sentence
The town dates from antiquity.
A palace stood here in antiquity.
a museum of Roman antiquities
Origin and Etymology of antiquity
First Known Use: 13th century
ANTIQUITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of antiquity for English Language Learners
: ancient times
: very great age
antiquities : objects from ancient times
ANTIQUITY Defined for Kids
Definition of antiquity for Students
1 : ancient times <The town dates from antiquity.>
2 : very great age <a castle of great antiquity>
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