a word, or a meaning of a word, that fell into disuse long ago, and has characteristics of an older period, but would be understood by a well read person of today. Compare with ' obsolete below. This definition is currently under active debate in Wiktionary:Obsolete and Archaic Terms[ edit] = circa or about - often used in quotations. : common (in word genders)
The definition is no longer in general use, but still found in some contemporary texts (eg, the Bible). Examples: thee and thou (for you). Generally understood by educated people, but rarely used in current texts or speech. Compare with obsolete and dated . This definition is currently under active debate in Wiktionary:Obsolete and archaic terms[ edit
term used to identify the characteristics of early Greek sculpture (from approximately 700 B.C. to 550 B.C.) including column-like figures, stiff frontal poses with arms close to the body, and a stylized smile known as the “Archaic” smile.