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 Dictionary entry overview: What does antiquity mean? 

  The noun ANTIQUITY has 3 senses:

1. the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
2. extreme oldness
3. an artifact surviving from the past

  Familiarity information: ANTIQUITY used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1antiquity [BACK TO TOP]


The historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Hypernyms ("antiquity" is a kind of...):

age; historic period (an era of history having some distinctive feature)

Domain member category:

Phrygian deity (deity of the ancient Phrygians of west central Asia Minor)

Norse deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Norsemen)

Bacchus ((classical mythology) god of wine; equivalent of Dionysus)

Roman deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Romans)

Greek deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks)

Chinese deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Chinese)

augur; auspex ((ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy)

centurion ((ancient Rome) the leader of 100 soldiers)

choragus ((ancient Greece) leader of a group or festival; leader of a chorus)

gladiator ((ancient Rome) a professional combatant or a captive who entertained the public by engaging in mortal combat)

pontifex (a member of the highest council of priests in ancient Rome)

procurator ((ancient Rome) someone employed by the Roman Emperor to manage finance and taxes)

sibyl ((ancient Rome) a woman who was regarded as an oracle or prophet)

tribune ((ancient Rome) an official elected by the plebeians to protect their interests)

Persian deity (a deity worshiped by the ancient Persians)

Semitic deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Semites)

lustrum (a ceremonial purification of the Roman population every five years following the census)

catacomb (an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried (as in ancient Rome))

circus ((antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games)

galley ((classical antiquity) a crescent-shaped seagoing vessel propelled by oars)

bay wreath; laurel; laurel wreath ((antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory)

pantheon ((antiquity) a temple to all the gods)

toga virilis ((ancient Rome) a toga worn by a youth as a symbol of manhood and citizenship)

humor; humour ((Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state)

dithyramb ((ancient Greece) a passionate hymn (usually in honor of Dionysus))

paean; pean ((ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity))

torch race ((ancient Greece) in which a torch is passed from one runner to the next)

Ana (mother of the ancient Irish gods; sometimes identified with Danu)

Lug; Lugh (ancient Celtic god)

Egyptian deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Egyptians)

Ra; Re (ancient Egyptian sun god with the head of a hawk; a universal creator; he merged with the god Amen as Amen-Ra to become the king of the gods)

Roman; Romanic (of or relating to or derived from Rome (especially ancient Rome))

Holonyms ("antiquity" is a part of...):

history (the aggregate of past events)

Sense 2antiquity [BACK TO TOP]


Extreme oldness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


ancientness; antiquity

Hypernyms ("antiquity" is a kind of...):

oldness (the quality of being old; the opposite of newness)

Sense 3antiquity [BACK TO TOP]


An artifact surviving from the past

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("antiquity" is a kind of...):

artefact; artifact (a man-made object taken as a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "antiquity"):

antique (any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity)

relic (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)

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