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 antique (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 Biscoe, an antique store regular herself, does not agree with commenters like this., "One South Boston woman brings her antiquing journey to TikTok, 60 seconds at a time," 28 Mar. 2021 As part of the redevelopment plan, the 1890s-era former school building that housed the rambling antique store will be renovated and will tout 20 suites and two penthouses as part of a boutique hotel, a restaurant and bar and lounges. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "From Joe Ley to the Gateway to NuLu: What a developer says about his 5 Louisville projects," 26 Mar. 2021 In 2013, Kardashian and West teamed up with Belgian designer and antique dealer Vervoordt to revamp the home's interiors. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian’s Kids Stained Her Nearly $10,000 Axel Vervoordt Table With This $3 Cooking Product," 18 Mar. 2021 Months later, antique dealer Donald Schaupeter came forward to say Honanbach was wrong about the trunk. Keren Schiffman, ABC News, "What happened in Vegas? Woman alleges innocence in husband's death after 2 decades in prison," 20 Feb. 2021 Participants included antique cars as well as modern cars and trucks decorated for the Independence Day celebration. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Avon Lake got creative for an alternative July 4 celebration," 12 July 2020 French-country style comes together with a beautiful mix of natural, weathered pieces, muted colors, and antique charm. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Charming French-Country Home Accessories You Can Shop on Amazon," 10 Apr. 2021 Vines wreathe along the walls between ceramics, and colorful mosaics frame antique botanicals. Regina Cole, Forbes, "A Tour Through The 2021 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach," 9 Apr. 2021 An antique Cartier watch in working order can command $50,000 or more at a competitive auction, for example. Michael Pollick,, "The best Cartier watch," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The antique was powered by a single-cylinder engine producing 10 horsepower and was used to deliver flowers around Pittsburgh, Penn. Arlene Borenstein-zuluaga,, "After 20 years, a secret classic car museum in Sunrise is open to the public," 25 Apr. 2021 This one, in particular, looks like an expensive antique without the hefty price tag. Ariel Scotti, Forbes, "Here’s Everything To Know About The Huge Wayfair Sale Happening Next Week," 20 Apr. 2021 The antique recently went on display at an Italian museum. Kathy Laskowski,, "News quiz: Test your knowledge of current events from the week of March 21," 28 Mar. 2021 Biscoe’s collected a list of antique and thrift stores across New England that has grown to 193 entries and can be accessed from her TikTok (@biscbro)., "One South Boston woman brings her antiquing journey to TikTok, 60 seconds at a time," 28 Mar. 2021 That antique would sell for just shy of $500,000 at auction in September. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "A Connecticut Man Bought a Bowl at a Yard Sale for $35. It Just Sold at Auction for Over $720,000.," 18 Mar. 2021 With some pieces on loan and others inherited or collected over the years, Hoffman’s impressive assortment runs the gamut, from a stunning antique Gracie panel in the living room to a set of Luke Todd gear sculptures tucked away in the bedroom hall. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "Tour an East Village Condo That’s Small on Space But Big on Style," 16 Mar. 2021 Amazingly, this isn’t the first valuable Chinese antique to surface during the pandemic. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "A Connecticut Man Bought a Bowl at a Yard Sale for $35. It Just Sold at Auction for Over $720,000.," 18 Mar. 2021 On her side of the current taste spectrum, colors are subtle, sumptuous materials are generously used, the antique and the marvelously made are not merely cherished but lived with. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "From the Archive: Inside Sister Parish's Moody, Elegant Home from 1968," 12 Mar. 2021 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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8 May 2021

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“Antique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of antique

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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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