from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or historical order.
- n. One that is out of its proper or chronological order, especially a person or practice that belongs to an earlier time: "A new age had plainly dawned, an age that made the institution of a segregated picnic seem an anachronism” ( Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A chronological mistake; the erroneous dating of an event, circumstance, or object.
- n. A person or thing which seems to belong to a different time or period of time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A misplacing or error in the order of time; an error in chronology by which events are misplaced in regard to each other, esp. one by which an event is placed too early; falsification of chronological relation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An error in respect to dates; any error which implies the misplacing of persons or events in time; hence, anything foreign to or out of keeping with a specified time.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an artifact that belongs to another time
- n. something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred
- n. a person who seems to be displaced in time; who belongs to another age
French anachronisme, from New Latin anachronismus, from Late Greek anakhronismos, from anakhronizesthai, to be an anachronism : Greek ana-, ana- + Greek khronizein, to take time (from khronos, time).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin anachronismus, from Ancient Greek ἀναχρονισμός (anakhronismos), from ἀναχρονίζομαι (anakhronizomai, "referring to the wrong time"), from ἀνά (ana, "up against") + χρονίζω (khronizo, "spending time"), which from χρόνος (khronos, "time"). (Wiktionary)