Definition of Ars Antiqua in English:

Ars Antiqua

Pronunciation /ˌɑːz anˈtiːkwə/


  • The style of music and system of notation characteristic of western Europe between the late 12th and early 14th centuries; specifically the techniques of composition (especially the style of polyphony) prevalent in French music of this period.


Late 19th century. From post-classical Latin ars antiqua, specific use of classical Latin ars antīqua the ancient art from ars + antīqua, feminine of antīquus.