An·tiq·ui·ty n.; pl. Antiquities
1. The quality of being ancient; ancientness; great age; as, a statue of remarkable antiquity; a family of great antiquity.
2. Old age. [Obs.]
It not your voice broken? . . . and every part about you blasted with antiquity? --Shak.
3. Ancient times; former ages; times long since past; as, Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity.
4. The ancients; the people of ancient times.
That such pillars were raised by Seth all antiquity has ░vowed. --Sir W. Raleigh.
5. An old gentleman. [Obs.]
You are a shrewd antiquity, neighbor Clench. --B. Jonson.
6. A relic or monument of ancient times; as, a coin, a statue, etc.; an ancient institution.
Note: [In this sense, usually in the plural.] “Heathen antiquities.”
n 1: the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
2: extreme oldness [syn: ancientness]
3: an artifact surviving from the past