• Ancient times; faraway history; former ages
  • The people of ancient times.
  • An old gentleman.
  • The historical period preceding the Middle Ages (c. 500-1500), primarily relating to European history.
  • A relic or monument of ancient times, such as a coin, a statue, etc.; an ancient institution.
  • The state of being ancient or of ancient lineage.


  • From Middle English antiquyte, antiquite, antiquytee, a borrowing from Old French antiquité, antiquitet, from Latin antiquitas, from antiquus. Equivalent to antique + -ity. See antique, antic. Compare with French antiquité.

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