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Meaning & Definition of Archaic in English

English

Archaic

/ɑrkeɪk/

adjective

1. So extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

  • "A ramshackle antediluvian tenement"
  • "Antediluvian ideas"
  • "Archaic laws"
    synonym:
  • antediluvian
  • ,
  • antiquated
  • ,
  • archaic

2. Little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type

  • "Archaic forms of life"
  • "Primitive mammals"
  • "The okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"
    synonym:
  • archaic
  • ,
  • primitive