antiquity

noun

an·​tiq·​ui·​ty an-ˈti-kwə-tē How to pronounce antiquity (audio)
plural antiquities
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
Recent Examples on the Web Amid the darkness, an English antiquities dealer finds his stash of fine wine can be used as lighting fuel. Olivia B. Waxman, TIME, 4 Apr. 2024 Throughout antiquity, the most intellectually adventurous travelers to Athens would embark on a 14-mile procession west along a stone road called the Sacred Way to visit the shrine of Eleusis, one of the most sacred in the pagan world. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 The 170 dives were not only a feat of discovery but also of collaboration, bringing together 30 divers from different specialties, including archaeologists, architects, antiquities conservators, professional divers, photographers and students, according to the release. Julia Daye, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 The five chunks of brown coal, each no bigger than a matchbox, add further evidence of the port’s antiquity. J. Besl, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2024 Experts noted that an iron dowel had been added to the statue, allowing it to be attached to a bust or pedestal – an adaptation which was historically carried out by Italian dealers in antiquities during the late 18th century when selling items to aristocrats traveling in Italy. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 19 Mar. 2024 Gaitan’s artwork is what happens when antiquity meets modernity. Amanda Rosa, Miami Herald, 7 Mar. 2024 Each spring, the Jewish holiday known as Passover is celebrated by millions worldwide, a day that is steeped in antiquity and is marked by remembrance and tradition for Jewish individuals and communities. Coleby Phillips, The Arizona Republic, 9 Mar. 2024 Watching blooming plum trees, often by moonlight, as a symbol of strength, vitality and end of winter was practiced in China since antiquity. Małgorzata (gosia) K. Citko-Duplantis, The Conversation, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

see antique entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of antiquity was in the 14th century

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“Antiquity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antiquity. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

antiquity

noun
an·​tiq·​ui·​ty an-ˈtik-wət-ē How to pronounce antiquity (audio)
plural antiquities
1
: ancient times
especially : those before the Middle Ages
2
: very great age
3
plural : objects or monuments from ancient times

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