2. Anything done or existing out of date; hence, anything that was proper to a former age, but is, or, if it existed, would be, out of harmony with the present.
3. Something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time; especially, a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time.
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2. The representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or an historical order: "The novel has one anachronism after the other."
It is an obsolete notion to wear a bustle which has become obsolescent for daily wear. It is somewhat of an anachronism, like wearing lace mitts to the opera because lace mitts are archaic, something my great grandmother wore; however, now they are just considered an archaism best left for the manikin in the museum.