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

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

Hotel Peter and Paul is actually a bundle of buildings: a 19th-century Catholic church, schoolhouse, convent, and rectory reimagined by Ash NYC with gingham drapes woven in Switzerland and antique furniture shipped from Europe. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 The antique furniture, including a French table, was inherited from Lebermann’s family. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, "How an Abandoned Texas Home Is Restored Into an Ethereal Country Getaway," 20 Sep. 2018 Mellon also nurtured local craftspeople, who created the handmade clay pots and the rustic wattle fencing, and established a carpentry workshop that could replicate antique furniture. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside Tory Burch’s Lovingly Restored Antigua Getaway," 15 Aug. 2018 Similarly, the gleam of the polished nickel hardware is a nice contrast to rough-hewn flooring and antique furniture. Ayn-monique Tetreault-rooney Klahre, Woman's Day, "What's Your Decorating Style?," 9 Nov. 2010 The site also suggests stopping by the historical Exchange District, a charming area filled with restaurants, antique shops, and art galleries (and a place that sounds like it would be frequented by Candace's character in the film). Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'A Shoe Addict's Christmas' Was Filmed in This Bustling Canadian City," 25 Nov. 2018 Bedrooms have fathoms-deep baths and a mix of antique and contemporary furniture, much of the latter commissioned for the property from makers like Don Howell and Matthew Hilton. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the U.K.'s Most Anticipated Hotel Opening This Summer," 31 Aug. 2018 From antique-inspired arm chairs to ultra-modern stackable counter stools, this affordable line has a little something for every taste and budget. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "Amazon’s New Home Collection Is My Vision Board Come to Life—Here Are 13 Things I Want," 21 Nov. 2018 And my biggest regret was selling that large antique counter in photo #3. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "There’s A Romantic Story Behind Chip And Joanna Gaines’s Original Magnolia Sign," 22 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

All along the sidewalk were piles of artwork, antiques, and boxes as owners emptied out their inventory to take to higher ground. Jeffrey Collins, Fox News, "After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast," 25 Sep. 2018 The songs played on jukeboxes, be they radio hits or dad-music antiques, are selected by real people. Lauren Michele Jackson, The Atlantic, "Digital Jukeboxes Make Every Bar’s Vibe the Same," 8 May 2018 During more than 30 years of collecting and dealing in antiques, the couple studied construction and became proficient at repairing furniture. Allison Carey, cleveland.com, "Six Cleveland Flea vendors who create new, handmade home decor (photos)," 7 May 2018 His wares included 19th century antiques, a Stinger antiaircraft missile launcher, and the fake grenade launcher that Al Pacino wielded in Scarface, according to documents filed in subsequent litigation. Zachary Mider, Bloomberg.com, "Robert Mercer’s Secret Adventure as a New Mexico Cop," 28 Mar. 2018 Inside, an assortment of nautical antiques, no doubt inspired by the inn's proximity to the ferry docks, adds timeworn charm to 20 otherwise updated guest rooms. Carly Breit, Country Living, "Why This Beautiful Nantucket Inn Needs to Be On Your Bucket List," 14 June 2017 According to the paper, the fire was contained to the third floor, sparing many of the building's antiques, which are located on the first and second floors. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Three People Were Injured in a Fire at Manhattan's Last Gilded Age Mansion," 11 Dec. 2018 Opened in November 2016 by the owners of the revered Dunton Hot Springs resort and situated half a block from the gondola, the property is home to five guest rooms, perfectly appointed with a mix of Western antiques and chic Tyrolean fabrics. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town," 5 Dec. 2018 While Route 26 has no shortage of antiques emporia, Barn on 26 has a consistency of style and period that evokes Maine from 1870 to 1920. Patricia Harris And David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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More Definitions for antique

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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