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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for antiquity



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of antiquity in a Sentence

The town dates from antiquity. A palace stood here in antiquity. a museum of Roman antiquities
See More
Recent Examples on the Web Huang's interest in reusing waste has its roots in antiquity. CNN, 10 June 2021 Well-versed in the geography of antiquity, Woofley is thrilled at the sight of various ruins, noting locations mentioned in ancient folklore. Asaf Shalev,, 11 May 2021 Each essay in the collection centers around a different female monster of Greek antiquity. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Apr. 2021 And the Romans borrowed from the Greeks, the Greeks from the Egyptians, the Egyptians from the Nubians and the Syrians, and so on back into the darkest shadows of antiquity. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 2 Apr. 2021 Her book is equally sprawling in terms of time, moving back and forth across the centuries, from antiquity to the present. Howard W. French, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Marble statues were painted in antiquity, the colors fixed with wax to create luminous, subtle shading of lips, eyes, and hair. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 The diverse dishes are tied together under the concept of the patera, a shallow bowl with origins in antiquity that is suited to a range of sharing, serving and dining functions. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021 In a vote taken before the proceedings, seventy per cent of the audience believed the giant to be ancient; afterward, support for the giant’s antiquity dropped to fifty per cent. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 12 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'antiquity.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of antiquity

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for antiquity

see antique entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About antiquity

Time Traveler for antiquity

Time Traveler

The first known use of antiquity was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for antiquity

Last Updated

16 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Antiquity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for antiquity



English Language Learners Definition of antiquity

: ancient times
: very great age
: objects from ancient times


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


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!