antiquity

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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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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ænˈtɪk.wɪ.ti/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ænˈtɪk.wə.ti/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪkwɪti

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antiquity (countable and uncountable, plural antiquities)

  1. Ancient times; faraway history; former ages
    Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity.
  2. The people of ancient times.
  3. (obsolete) An old gentleman.
    • 1633 (first performance), Ben Jonson, “A Tale of a Tub. A Comedy []”, in The Works of Beniamin Jonson, [] (Third Folio), London: [] Thomas Hodgkin, for H[enry] Herringman, E. Brewster, T. Bassett, R[ichard] Chiswell, M. Wotton, G. Conyers, published 1692, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
      You are a shrewd antiquity, neighbor Clench.
  4. (history) The historical period preceding the Middle Ages (c. 500-1500), primarily relating to European history.
  5. (often constructed as an uncountable plural) A relic or monument of ancient times, such as a coin, a statue, etc.; an ancient institution.
  6. The state of being ancient or of ancient lineage.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter V, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, [] , the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.

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