Complete Definition of "archaic"

English

Etymology
Ancient Greek αρχαικός (archaikos) "old-fashioned", from αρχαίος (archaios) "from the beginning, antiquated, ancient, old", from αρχή (archê) "beginning, origin, at first, anew, afresh", from άρχω (archô) "to be first".

Adjective
archaic (more archaic, most archaic)

  1. of or characterized by antiquity or archaism, antiquated, primitive, old-fashioned, as an archaic word or phrase

#* 1848: w:James Russel Lowell|James Russel Lowell, The Biglow Papers - A person familiar with the dialect of certain portions of Massachusetts will not fail to recognize, in ordinary discourse, many words now noted in English vocabularies as archaic, the greater part of which were in common use about the time of the King James translation of the Bible. Shakespeare stands less in need of a glossary to most New Englanders than to many a native of the Old Country.
#* 1887: w:Barcley V. Head|Barcley V. Head, Historia Numorum A Manual Of Greek Numismatics - There is in the best archaic coin work [of the Greeks] ... a strength and a delicacy which are often wanting in the fully developed art of a later age.

  1. context|of words or language style no longer in ordinary use, though still used occasionally to give a sense of antiquity. See talk page.

#: 1898 Brann's compass of words, idioms and phrases harks back to the archaic and reaches forward to the futuristic.— William Cowper Brann, The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 1.

Derived terms
archaically

Related terms
archeabacteria
archaeologist
archaeology
archaism

Translations
trans-top|of or characterized by antiquity or archaism
Albanian: arkaik
Chinese: 古體, 古体; 古老
Dutch: archaïsch, archaïsche
Finnish: antiikkinen, vanhahtava
French: archaïque m|f
German: archaisch, veraltet
Greek

Icelandic: gamaldags
Italian: arcaico m, arcaica f
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Latin: archaicus m, archaica f
Japanese: 初期
Portuguese: arcaico m, arcaica f
Russian: архаичный m, архаичная f, архаичное n
Slovene: arhaični m, arhaična f, arhaično n
Spanish: arcaico m, arcaica f
Swedish: arkaisk, ålderdomlig
Turkish: antik
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References
R:Webster 1913
R:Century 1914
R:Oxford 1998

Category:Greek derivations

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