Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “antiquity”

antiquity

noun     /ænˈtɪk.wɪ.ti/ US  /-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.Ancient history: before 500 AD [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.Old or old-fashionedThe elderly
(Definition of antiquity noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of antiquity

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Ancient history: before 500 AD, but you might be interested in these topics from the History topic area:

Definitions of “antiquity” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

crew

If you crew a boat, or crew for someone on their boat, you help to sail it.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More