antiquity

noun
an·​tiq·​ui·​ty | \ an-ˈti-kwə-tē How to pronounce antiquity (audio) \
plural antiquities

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

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Examples of antiquity in a Sentence

The town dates from antiquity. A palace stood here in antiquity. a museum of Roman antiquities
Recent Examples on the Web Segundo started observing the Sabbath on Saturday, stopped eating rabbit and, after obtaining an encyclopedia of Mesopotamian antiquity, stopped celebrating Christmas. Dominic Green, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 Everywhere in the capital city antiquity is in dialogue with the present. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 28 July 2022 The antiquity also carried no provenance, or collecting history. Malcolm Gay, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2022 But any item less than 1,500 years old disqualifies it from being from antiquity, a period from the beginnings of Western civilization to about 450 A.D. Samya Kullab, USA TODAY, 8 June 2022 But any item less than 1,500 years old disqualifies it from being from antiquity, a period from the beginnings of Western civilization to about 450 A.D. Samya Kullab, USA TODAY, 8 June 2022 But any item less than 1,500 years old disqualifies it from being from antiquity, a period from the beginnings of Western civilization to about 450 A.D. Samya Kullab, BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2022 In addition to the museum's collection of nearly 70,000 works of art created throughout the world, from antiquity to modern day, MFAH presents world-class special exhibitions. Robin Soslow, Chron, 20 May 2022 Ornamental in nature, with motifs borrowed from antiquity, English Regency style (not to be confused with Hollywood Regency), was the epitome of fanciful—Buckingham Palace, for example, was built by John Nash during this period. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of antiquity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for antiquity

see antique entry 1

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15 Aug 2022

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antiquity

noun
an·​tiq·​ui·​ty | \ an-ˈti-kwə-tē How to pronounce antiquity (audio) \

Kids Definition of antiquity

1 : ancient times The town dates from antiquity.
2 : very great age a castle of great antiquity

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