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Definition of antiquity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    antiquity

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ænˈtɪkwəti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ænˈtɪkwəti//
     
    (pl. antiquities)
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the ancient past, especially the times of the Greeks and Romans The statue was brought to Rome in antiquity. classical antiquity a study of society from late antiquity to the fifteenth century
  2. 2[uncountable] the state of being very old or ancient A number of the monuments are of considerable antiquity. Archaeologists found 40 bodies of varying antiquity in the area.
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] an object from ancient times Egyptian/Roman antiquities
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French antiquite, from Latin antiquitas, from antiquus, anticus ‘former, ancient’, from ante ‘before’.Extra examples He collects Egyptian antiquities. The origins of this ancient structure are lost in antiquity. a study of urban life from antiquity to the present day legends from Greek antiquity the considerable antiquity of the rocks in this region vases that were manufactured in late classical antiquity She made a study of society from late antiquity to the fifteenth century. The statue was brought to Rome in antiquity.
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