Definition of archaic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɑːˈkeɪɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrˈkeɪɪk//
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  1. 1old and no longer used ‘Thou art’ is an archaic form of ‘you are’.
  2. 2very old-fashioned synonym outdated The system is archaic and unfair and needs changing.
  3. 3from a much earlier or ancient period of history archaic art
  4. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French archaïque, from Greek arkhaikos, from arkhaios, from arkhē ‘beginning’.
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