antiquity /anˈtɪkwɪti/

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I. noun [ mass noun]

1. the ancient past, especially the period of classical and other human civilizations before the Middle Ages

the great civilizations of antiquity.
2. [ count noun] (usu. antiquities) an object, building, or work of art from the ancient past

a collection of Islamic antiquities.
3. great age

a church of great antiquity.
– origin Middle English: from Old French antiquite, from Latin antiquitas, from antiquus ‘old, former’ (see antique).

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