Meaning of ANTEDILUVIAN in English


I. |antēdə̇|lüvēən |aan-, -tə̇d-, -ˌdī|-, -vyən adjective

also an·te·di·lu·vi·al -vēəl, -vyəl

Etymology: antediluvian from ante- + Latin diluvium flood + English -an; antediluvial from ante- + diluvial — more at deluge

1. : of or relating to the period before the Flood described in the Bible

antediluvian man

2. : antiquated : made, evolved, or developed a long time ago

an antediluvian automobile

Synonyms: see old

II. noun

( -s )

1. : one that lived before the Flood described in the Bible

2. : one that is very old or behind the times

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.