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


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


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


antiquer \ an-​ˈtē-​kər How to pronounce antiquer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for antique

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 The show features dealers from San Diego County and surrounding counties, selling vintage, antique, original dolls and accessories, miniatures and doll supplies. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Animal shelter opens “Cat Catio Café”," 30 Sep. 2019 Police also searched the student’s home and found only antique, non-functioning weapons with no ammunition, Police Chief Edward Stephens said. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Bullied Wolcott student compiled hit list, police say," 26 Sep. 2019 More than 60 vendors will offer vintage, antique, upcycled and handmade items as well as food and music. cleveland, "The Irish and more celebrate half-way mark: Olmsted Dates and Data," 23 Sep. 2019 Chase found him in an antique store on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "Through a haunting display, a teenager finds a focus that doesn’t come easy to him," 30 Oct. 2019 Think industrial bar stools, antique light fixtures, and factory-style cabinets. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Industrial Design," 1 Oct. 2018 Juuuicy, which is also known as Mama’s Vegan Cocina, is a Dominican vegan restaurant that opened (as Juuuciy) in June in what was a long-standing antique store. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "12 vegan and vegetarian restaurants you need to check out," 6 Sep. 2019 Indiana’s largest vintage and antiques market features between 200 and 250 vendors at each monthly event, offering for sale a wide range of antique and vintage goods, both in time period and price range. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Aug. 26-Sept. 2," 26 Aug. 2019 Playing on pattern, De Lisle prefers antique and vintage Persian rugs. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "How to Babyproof Your Home Without Sacrificing Style," 9 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Vendors will sell antiques, vintage clothing, furniture, shabby chic styles, handmade goods and more. Houston Chronicle, "Nov. 14-23: Holiday markets, ‘Frozen Jr.’ to delight community," 8 Nov. 2019 An adjacent building that would also be redeveloped housed Shogun’s Gallery, an antiques store, until 2017. oregonlive, "Long vacant corner on NW 23rd to become apartments," 1 Oct. 2019 After 38 years in operation, the Brass Knob, one of the last architectural antiques store in the region, is closing. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Sales from a bygone time: The Brass Knob antique store to close after 38 years," 12 Aug. 2019 At age 12, Makkos took his first job as a paperboy with The Plain Dealer in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where his parents operated an antiques store. Laura Testino,, "New Orleans collector preserves decades of the city’s newspapers," 26 June 2019 The two ginger jars were found at a New York City antiques shop. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "Neoclassical Chinoiserie in one of Jersey City’s Priciest Bedrooms," 3 Jan. 2019 The restaurant, decorated in antiques and chinoiserie-print wallpaper, has the dainty allure of a teahouse, only with cocktails and big-flavor small plates in place of light refreshments. Brett Anderson, New York Times, "10 Reasons Washington Is a Great Restaurant City," 29 Oct. 2019 The mold was created in the mid-1980s to preserve the original beeswax figure, then owned by David Nickerson of Mallett antiques in London. Katya Kazakina, Fortune, "This DaVinci Statue Could Go for $50 Million. But Is It Real?," 2 Oct. 2019 Then 10 years ago, a fraternity brother took the couple to an antiques fair outside of Round Top, where Larry fell in love with a corroded 1973 Streamline trailer. René A. Guzman,, "San Antonio man has a passion for turning old Airstreams into new modern marvels," 26 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plan your Lakeside Chautauqua day of antiquing for Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lakeside Antique Show celebrates its 59th year of offering a scenic lake view, along with fabulous dealers and outstanding heirlooms. Brenda Yenke,, "Summer shopping with Lakeside Antiques: Yenke Peddler antiques," 22 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the designers incorporated another element of American history with the wheat-motif dining chairs, rare models Rush and Klaus found while antiquing in the southeast. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Jackson Hole Guest House Is an Alpine Dream," 7 Aug. 2019 Matte, polished, antiqued and brushed give home decorators many options to provide interest and depth. Washington Post, "Fall décor’s style song: feel-good vibes and personality," 6 Aug. 2019 For instance, instead of a basic mirror and hook, add a fanciful detail like these antiqued mirrored hooks for jewelry and your room key. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "How to transform a dorm room into something special," 29 July 2019 There are now hundreds of affinity cruises appealing to any number of interests, from antiquing to stargazing to photography to mystery novels. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "With S.A.L.T., Silversea Is Completely Rewriting How Cruises Do Food," 18 July 2019 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,, "Perch at Blackbird Eatery for Mary Swortwood's latest," 20 June 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 Matte, polished, antiqued and brushed give home decorators many options to provide interest and depth. Washington Post, "Fall décor’s style song: feel-good vibes and personality," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of antique


1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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The first known use of antique was in 1527

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28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Antique.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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How to pronounce antique (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of antique

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


How to pronounce antique (audio)

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


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



Kids Definition of antique (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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