antique

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

Definition of antique 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : existing since or belonging to earlier times : ancient antique trade routes to India

2a : 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

3 : selling or exhibiting antiques an antique show

antique

noun
an·tique | \(ˌ)an-ˈtēk \

Definition of antique (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a relic or object of ancient times

2a : 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 (such as an automobile) from an earlier period

antique

verb
an·tique | \(ˌ)an-ˈtēk \
antiqued; antiquing

Definition of antique (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from antique

Verb

antiquer \an-ˈtē-kər \ noun

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Adjective

old, ancient, venerable, antique, antiquated, archaic, obsolete mean having come into existence or use in the more or less distant past. old may apply to either actual or merely relative length of existence. old houses an old sweater of mine ancient applies to occurrence, existence, or use in or survival from the distant past. ancient accounts of dragons venerable stresses the impressiveness and dignity of great age. the family's venerable patriarch antique applies to what has come down from a former or ancient time. collected antique Chippendale furniture antiquated implies being discredited or outmoded or otherwise inappropriate to the present time. antiquated teaching methods archaic implies having the character or characteristics of a much earlier time. the play used archaic language to convey a sense of period obsolete may apply to something regarded as no longer acceptable or useful even though it is still in existence. a computer that makes earlier models obsolete

Examples of antique in a Sentence

Adjective

studied shards from antique pots made by the Pueblos of the Southwest loved to collect antique sugar tongs

Noun

That car is an antique. their house is filled with rare antiques, including a collection of 19th-century African masks
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For sneakerheads who collect such things, that's close to antique. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Fast-growing Detroit startup StockX sniffs out fake sneakers," 9 July 2018 Stores are a mix of antique (Corner of Time), resale (Alice's Attic), contemporary (Hemline) and the sort of curated, shabby-chic hybrid markets (Market 1023, Old Bryan Marketplace) that are becoming more prevalent these days. Jody Schmal, Houston Chronicle, "Where to stay and play in College Station," 10 May 2018 According to the festival’s website, events and attractions include antique, craft, art, garage and sidewalk sales, car and motorcycle shows, live entertainment, historic sites and museums, and shops. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Baby bison, 97-foot Smokey Bear balloon among features at Midewin's Route 66 festival," 1 May 2018 Privately restored from the ruins of an ancient hamlet amid muddy Tuscan fields, the Borgo Santo Pietro in Chiusdino is now a 20-room manor with unapologetically antique, chandeliered decor (TVs are hidden behind paintings). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Luxe Hotels With a Rich History Are Opening Across Europe," 12 Feb. 2018 Her grandfather collected early American antiques, and her mom and aunts took her to antique shows and markets in Atlanta and Cape Cod. Samuel Hine, GQ, "Bode Is Winning the New York Fashion Race with Quilts (Yes, Quilts)," 1 Feb. 2018 Race bikes, antique motorcycles, accessories vendors, silent auction, food trucks and more. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this weekend: Jan. 26-28," 22 Jan. 2018 This Sunday, August 27, a collection of over 175 antique, classic and modern automobiles will be displayed by their owners, each wanting to win one of the coveted Best in Class Karl F. Benz trophies. Larry Nutson, chicagotribune.com, "Nashes, Woodies, Buicks and other classics roll into Geneva," 25 Aug. 2017 The look, which also can be seen in her other homes, reflects the influence of Gail Melikian, Ms. Rafaelian’s best friend and decorator who owns an antique store in Cranston. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Inside the Many, Many Homes of This Jewelry Billionaire," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From $3,440 a week; boutique-homes.com FOR MERLOT AND MAILLOT LOVERS Château Mireille The pool at this 18th-century bastide in Provence overlooks a formal topiary garden that’s as stately as the manor’s four floors filled with antiques and artwork. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "6 Vacation Villas With Enviable Pools," 15 May 2018 When Doris invited her rival to stay at her home in Hawaii, Barbara decided to redecorate, hauling out all the priceless Asian artwork and antiques and installing modern Japanese furnishings more to her taste. Stephanie Mansfield, Town & Country, "Inside the World's Richest Rivalry: Doris Duke and Barbara Hutton," 26 Apr. 2017 His work is enhanced by both his extensive knowledge of the international art and antiques market. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "The A-List: 60+ Of The Best Interior Designers From The Pages Of ELLE DECOR And Beyond," 23 May 2016 Still, the window displays beckoned with their eclectic mix of antiques. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The Untold Story Behind Paris’s Most Charming Boutique," 21 June 2018 The huge warehouselike space offers an eclectic mish-mash of antiques and vintage treasures ranging from Art Deco to mid-century modern and everything in between. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "Where to eat, shop and sleep in Comfort," 11 June 2018 Flea Market Fundraiser Stop by, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and browse antiques, collectibles and bargains. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park area events, July 11-21," 10 July 2018 Also his parents had moved out of their old house, so a lot of weird stuff — antiques, props, random things — were kept in storage in the space. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "7 People on the Most Insane Things They Did As Unpaid Interns," 6 July 2018 He and one other board member voted against Datesman and another lifer, Robert Swartworth, 60, a Pittsburgh man who participated in a fatal 1979 armed robbery of an antiques store but who was not the gunman. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Sisters begged the Board of Pardons to free their brother's killer. The board said 'no'," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His many hobbies consisted of golfing, gardening, antiquing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. courant.com, "John Randall Davidson," 8 July 2018 The new look is pale and cool, with floor tiles in faded green pattern, antiqued green chairs and pretty layered white hanging lamp fixtures. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Perch at Blackbird Eatery for Mary Swortwood's latest," 20 June 2018 Michael was a car and truck enthusiast, an animal lover, and also enjoyed antiquing. courant.com, "Michael P. Frank," 22 May 2018 Tuxedo Park is now 125 years old, the resort's numerical age having finally caught up to its carefully antiqued design. Ash Carter, Town & Country, "The Fascinating History of the Town Where the Tuxedo Was Born," 1 Jan. 2012 The back bar is made of the same wood, with a smoky antiqued mirror that reflects the water. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "A Miami Hospitality Exec Gives His Backyard a Resort-Style Makeover," 15 May 2018 The green, pink, orange, and purple row houses near the Callejón de los Sapos antiques market stand in line like Crayolas in a box. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Puebla and Guadalajara Should Be Your Next Mexico Trip," 3 May 2018 On trend right now are satin or brushed nickels and warmer antiqued brass. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "A dramatic home makeover to inspire you," 6 Apr. 2018 Jayn enjoyed gardening, reading, swimming, skiing, antiquing, and travelling. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Jayn W. Lukman," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of antique

Adjective

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for antique

Adjective

Middle French, from Latin antiquus, from ante before — more at ante-

Noun

see antique entry 1

Verb

see antique entry 1

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antique

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of antique

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

antique

noun

English Language Learners Definition of antique (Entry 2 of 2)

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

antique

noun
an·tique | \an-ˈtēk \

Kids Definition of antique

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an object (as a piece of furniture) made at an earlier time

antique

adjective

Kids Definition of antique (Entry 2 of 2)

: belonging to or like a former style or fashion antique lamps

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