adjective an·tique \(ˌ)an-ˈtēk, in verse often ˈan-tik\

: belonging to an earlier period, style, or fashion : old and often valuable

Full Definition of ANTIQUE

:  existing since or belonging to earlier times :  ancient <antique trade routes to India>
a :  being in the style or fashion of former times <antique manners and graces>
b :  made in or representative of the work of an earlier period <antique mirrors>; also :  being an antique
:  selling or exhibiting antiques <an antique show>

Examples of ANTIQUE

  1. That car is an antique.
  2. <their house is filled with rare antiques, including a collection of 19th-century African masks>

Origin of ANTIQUE

Middle French, from Latin antiquus, from ante before — more at ante-
First Known Use: 1527

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato


noun an·tique \(ˌ)an-ˈtēk\

: art, furniture, jewelry, etc., that was made at an earlier time and is often valuable

Full Definition of ANTIQUE

:  a relic or object of ancient times
a :  a work of art, piece of furniture, or decorative object made at an earlier period and according to various customs laws at least 100 years ago
b :  a manufactured product (as an automobile) from an earlier period

Examples of ANTIQUE

  1. <studied shards from antique pots made by the Pueblos of the Southwest>
  2. <loved to collect antique sugar tongs>

First Known Use of ANTIQUE


Other Archaeology Terms

Attic, Byzantine, Paleolithic, cairn, core, flint, horizon, neolithic, shard, stratum


verb an·tique \(ˌ)an-ˈtēk\

Definition of ANTIQUE

transitive verb
:  to finish or refinish in antique style :  give an appearance of age to <antique a table>
intransitive verb
:  to shop around for antiques
an·tiqu·er \an-ˈtē-kər\ noun

First Known Use of ANTIQUE

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