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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ancient times, especially the times preceding the Middle Ages.
  • n. The people, especially the writers and artisans, of ancient times: inventions unknown to antiquity.
  • n. The quality of being old or ancient; considerable age: a carving of great antiquity.
  • n. Something, such as an object or a relic, belonging to or dating from ancient times. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ancient times; former ages; times long since past
  • n. The ancients; the people of ancient times.
  • n. An old gentleman.
  • n. A relic or monument of ancient times; as, a coin, a statue, etc.; an ancient institution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being ancient; ancientness; great age
  • n. Old age.
  • n. Ancient times; former ages; times long since past.
  • n. The ancients; the people of ancient times.
  • n. An old gentleman.
  • n. A relic or monument of ancient times; as, a coin, a statue, etc.; an ancient institution. [In this sense, usually in the plural.]

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being ancient; ancientness; great age: as, a family of great antiquity.
  • n. Ancient times; former ages; times long since past: as, Demosthenes was the most eloquent orator of antiquity.
  • n. The ancients collectively; the people of ancient times.
  • n. An old person.
  • n. That which is ancient, or belongs to old or ancient times; something left by or peculiar to the ancients: generally in the plural: as, Greek or Egyptian antiquities.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. extreme oldness
  • n. an artifact surviving from the past
  • n. the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe

Etymologies

From Middle English antiquytee, from Old French antiquité, from Latin antiquitas, from antiquus; see antique, antic. Compare with French antiquité. (Wiktionary)

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