Definition of "archaic" []

  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of a much earlier, often more primitive period, especially one that develops into a classical stage of civilization: an archaic bronze statuette; Archaic Greece. (adjective)
  • No longer current or applicable; antiquated: archaic laws. See Synonyms at old. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of words and language that were once in regular use but are now relatively rare and suggestive of an earlier style or period. (adjective)
  • Belonging to or characteristic of a much earlier period; ancient (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Out of date; antiquated (adjective)
  • (of an idiom, vocabulary, etc) characteristic of an earlier period of a language and not in ordinary use (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "archaic" in a sentence
  • "The forms of thou are termed archaic by Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged: "In this dictionary, the label archaic is affixed to words and senses relatively common in earlier times but infrequently used in present-day English.""
  • "LAVANDERA: Stay-at-home mother Melissa Pierce is leading the charge to end what she calls archaic alcohol laws."
  • "With widespread illegal gambling activity, a group of Bahamians want what they call the archaic, undemocratic gaming laws in the country to be changed to afford them the right to gamble in their own country."