If you find an antiquity, call a museum: you just found something very old. Antiquity can also mean the idea of oldness.

The word antique should be a clue to the meaning of this word, which refers to things that are extremely old or ancient. This isn't grandparent old — this is really old, like hundreds or even thousands of years old. People also use this word to compare old ways of doing things to new ways: you could say an old-fashioned idea is an antiquity that goes against modernity (newer ideas and ways of doing things). Antiquity can also mean the time before the Middle Ages.

Definitions of antiquity

n the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe

Type of:
age, historic period
an era of history having some distinctive feature

n an artifact surviving from the past

Rosetta Stone
a part of an inscribed granite stela that was originally about six feet tall and was set up in 196 BC; the inscriptions in hieroglyphics and Demotic and Greek gave the first clues to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics
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any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity
an antiquity that has survived from the distant past
Roman building
a building constructed by the ancient Romans
stela, stele
an ancient upright stone slab bearing markings
Roman basilica, basilica
a Roman building used for public administration
archeological remains
a relic that has been excavated from the soil
Type of:
artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole

n extreme oldness

Type of:
the quality of being old; the opposite of newness

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