Etymology: probably from Greek anachronismos “anachronism,” derived from earlier anachronizein “to be late,” from ana- “up” and chronos “time” –related to CHRONIC, CHRONICLE,SYNCHRONOUS
1 : the placing of persons, events, objects, or customs in times to which they do not belong
2 : a person or a thing out of place in time and especially the present time
3 : the state or condition of being out of place in time
– anach·ro·nis·tic /-nak-r-nis-tik/ adjective
– anach·ro·nis·ti·cal·ly /-ti-k(-)l/ adverb
Reproduced with thanks from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.