antique

adjective
an·​tique | \ (ˌ)an-ˈtēk How to pronounce antique (audio) , 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 How to pronounce antique (audio) \

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 How to pronounce antique (audio) \
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 How to pronounce antiquer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for antique

Synonyms: Adjective

age-old, aged, ancient, antediluvian, dateless, hoar, hoary, immemorial, old, venerable

Synonyms: Noun

museum piece, relic

Antonyms: Adjective

modern, new, recent

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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

This annual display of antique automobiles through 1979 returns June 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to 370 Linwood St., New Britain. Courant Staff, courant.com, "7 things to do this week," 10 June 2019 North Korea is visible from the town -- farmers in a village there can be seen ploughing their fields with antique machinery. Julie Zaugg, CNN, "These North Korean defectors were sold into China as cybersex slaves. Then they escaped," 9 June 2019 Twenty years ago, the area just north of downtown was a sleepy stroll of antique stores, known as Antique Row. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "Ivanhoe Village merchants ‘excited and terrified’ to see how new apartments change the neighborhood," 7 June 2019 With a six-core Intel processor and Nvidia 10-series graphics as the standard configuration, it's positioned to make the mightiest Mac notebook look downright antique. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "The Best Alternatives to Apple's Mac and MacBook," 5 June 2019 The house, even more lovingly photographed from inside, is a squatter’s paradise with its antique furnishings and intricate woodwork. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ is a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 4 June 2019 Martin Finkelnberg, head of the Dutch national police’s art and antique criminality team, welcomed the recovery. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "Dutch art sleuth recovers Picasso stolen 20 years ago," 27 Mar. 2019 Traditional kitchens feature rich materials and ornamental motifs—elaborate trim work, brackets, antique fixtures. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Doors and Drawers," 11 Feb. 2019 Despite adding new systems and fixtures, original details include crown moldings, antique fireplace mantels, and wide plank flooring. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Picture-perfect 1880 estate on 60 acres asks $3.9M," 20 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ala worked on the Antigua interiors with Robert J. Robinson, stuffing them with antiques and market finds. Carl Swanson, Town & Country, "How Sunny Von Bulow's Daughter Ala Isham Found Her Voice," 14 Mar. 2019 When philanthropist and socialite Jayne Wrightsman died last Saturday at the age of 99, she was rightly lauded for her impeccable eye for fine art and antiques. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "Jayne Wrightsman’s Jewelry Collection Was the Stuff of Legend," 25 Apr. 2019 Pathana Boupha Shop: Packed with Laotian and Southeast Asian antiques and vintage pieces, including silver hill-tribe jewelry, bronze Buddhas, wooden statues, and brass opium weights. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 This cross-cultural exchange is evident throughout the store: The staircase, which retains its baroque railing from the building’s life as the art and antiques purveyor A La Vieille Russie, has been re-carpeted in the colors of the Belgian flag. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Delvaux, the Brand Beloved by Belgian Royals and Lady Gaga Alike, Lands in NYC," 21 Mar. 2019 This event has something for everyone, from flowers to tractors, antiques to animals, architecture to acreage with even a bit of archeology tossed in for good measure. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 5 June 2018 Dodson talked about using antiques with more current furnishings and Stewart showed before-and-after transformations of some of her favorite projects. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Chronicle-Design Center's inaugural Access Design event draws sold-out crowds," 15 May 2018 Kraus was convicted of theft in 2015 for removing antiques from a house outside Port Clinton. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio primary: Trump women lose. Felon runs for Congress. Larry Householder returns?," 9 May 2018 The five buildings located on RH's California estate include two design boutiques that show their modern catalog as well as a selection of curated antiques. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Restoration Hardware's New California Compound Is A Wine Lover's Dream," 2 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Big news for anyone who loves antiquing: your new favorite destination is here. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Gallery At 200 Lex Powered By Incollect Is The Ultimate Antiques Destination," 23 Jan. 2019 Nearly all rooms have antique four-poster beds and are decorated in shades of wheat with brown, blue, or sage accents. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.," 24 July 2018 The Dia:Beacon art museum and Storm King Art Center are also only a quick ride away, as are the antiquing towns of Warwick and Sugar Loaf. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 However, this past weekend, the actress chose a more low-key pair of overalls to go antiquing with her husband Phil Elverum. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Michelle Williams Shows How to Wear Overalls as an Adult," 26 Sep. 2018 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

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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, Noun, and Verb

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

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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 How to pronounce antique (audio) \

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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