from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or historical order.
  • noun One that is out of its proper or chronological order, especially a person or practice that belongs to an earlier time.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A chronological mistake; the erroneous dating of an event, circumstance, or object.
  • noun A person or thing which seems to belong to a different time or period of time.

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

  • noun an artifact that belongs to another time
  • noun something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred
  • noun a person who seems to be displaced in time; who belongs to another age


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

[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).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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