an·tiq·ui·ty | \ an-ˈti-kwə-tē \
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for antiquity


age, agedness, ancientness, hoariness



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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
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If the 1928 Arp wall piece at Hauser & Wirth is not in the cards, two categories of collecting still provide an opportunity to get the very best for what amounts, in Masterpiece terms, to good value: antiquities and 18th century silver. David Netto, Town & Country, "All the Treasures at the Masterpiece Design Fair in London," 29 June 2018 The National Museum in Damascus, which locked up its prized antiquities for protection, is preparing to reopen to the public. The Economist, "How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria," 28 June 2018 His father was a buyer for a family business that imported arts and antiquities, mostly from Japan, and his mother was a homemaker. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, "Alexander Orr, co-founder of experimental Hawthorne School, dies at 94," 29 May 2018 It had been looted in antiquity, but the beautiful decorations inside were still intact. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tomb," 12 July 2018 Maamoun Abdul-Karim, who until recently was Syria’s director-general of antiquities and museums, has publicly urged the Turks to verify the manuscripts’ authenticity. Washington Post, "Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war," 18 June 2018 Many cultures in antiquity have buried their dead with coins as a way to pay a mythical ferryman to take their souls into the afterlife. New York Times, "The Baby’s Hand Was Mummified. Why Wasn’t the Rest of Its Body?," 18 May 2018 It was found at the bottom of a 30ft pit, in a tomb that had been ransacked and robbed in antiquity. Nell Lewis, CNN, "FBI cracks the case of the 4,000-year-old mummy's head," 6 Apr. 2018 Archaeologists found a giant granite sarcophagus while carrying out a routine land inspection in Alexandria, Egypt, according to a Facebook post from the ministry of antiquities. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Undisturbed Sarcophagus Found in Alexandria, Egypt," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of antiquity

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for antiquity

see antique entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of antiquity

: ancient times

: very great age

antiquities : objects from ancient times


an·tiq·ui·ty | \ an-ˈti-kwə-tē \

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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