Antiquity An*tiq"ui*ty, n.; pl. {Antiquities}. [L. antiquitas, fr. antiquus: cf. F. antiquit['e]. See {Antique}.] 1. The quality of being ancient; ancientness; great age; as, a statue of remarkable antiquity; a family of great antiquity. [1913 Webster]

2. Old age. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

It not your voice broken? . . . and every part about you blasted with antiquity? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Ancient times; former ages; times long since past; as, Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity. [1913 Webster]

4. The ancients; the people of ancient times. [1913 Webster]

That such pillars were raised by Seth all antiquity has ?vowed. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

5. An old gentleman. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

You are a shrewd antiquity, neighbor Clench. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

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.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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