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



    BrE BrE//əˈnækrənɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈnækrənɪzəm//
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  1. 1a person, a custom or an idea that seems old-fashioned and does not belong to the present The monarchy is seen by many people as an anachronism in the modern world. She said nuclear weapons were an anachronism in the post cold war era.
  2. 2something that is placed, for example in a book or play, in the wrong period of history The book is full of anachronisms which suggests there were parts rewritten in later centuries.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Greek anakhronismos, from ana- ‘backwards’ + khronos ‘time’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: anachronism