Meaning of “antiquity” in the English Dictionary


"antiquity" in English

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uk /ænˈtɪk.wə.ti/ us /ænˈtɪk.wə.t̬i/

[ U ] the distant past (= a long time ago), especially before the sixth century:

Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes since antiquity.
Before creating this sculpture, she studied all the masterpieces of classical antiquity.

[ C ] an object that was created a very long time ago:

Under Greek law, all antiquities that are discovered in Greece belong to the government.

(Definition of “antiquity” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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antiquitynoun [ C/U ]

us /ænˈtɪk·wɪ·t̬i/

the past, esp. before the Middle Ages (= before the sixth century), or something of great age:

[ C ] We spent some time in the museum looking at Roman antiquities.

(Definition of “antiquity” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)