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

Take your items to an architectural salvage Architectural salvages are like antique shops—but for building materials. Emily Long, Curbed, "How to offload old fixtures after a home renovation," 2 Nov. 2018 To start: Indian Canyon Road is packed with antique shops and galleries, and Sunnylands (a 200-acre historic estate) and the iconic neighborhood of Twin Palms are paragons of mid-century design. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Downtown, taquerias mix with wine bars and antique shops. Adam Geller, The Seattle Times, "A community that backed Trump says no to migrant detention center," 30 July 2018 Earlier this summer, Pippa wore a black and white printed dress from the line while stopping by an antique shop in Chelsea. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Has Started to Wear Kate Middleton's Favorite Maternity Brand," 23 July 2018 Shortly after getting re-established in Wisconsin, Yurk began visiting antique shops and buying old fishing tackle. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Retro outing proves fishing fun - and gear - is timeless," 14 July 2018 Although many of the furnishings have been relocated to the Pat Conroy Literary Center in nearby Beaufort, his family's very large antique dining room table and his six-passenger South Carolina Gamecocks golf cart will be sold with the home. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Alert! Pat Conroy’s Low-Key Lowcountry Home is For Sale," 2 July 2018 There are areas for dining, lounging, office work, and recreation (thanks to an antique cast-iron Collender pool table). Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A SoHo Triplex on the Market for $65 Million," 14 June 2018 Inside, some antique tables and large artworks—including a dominating Takashi Murakami painting and a Marilyn Minter piece—are not for sale. Christina Binkley, latimes.com, "Just One Eye: L.A.'s edgiest fashion boutique is an ultra-chic mashup," 27 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trail Distilling’s tasting room is decked out with gleaming antiques like a player piano and a ’53 Chevy pickup. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "A Traveler’s Guide to Oregon City, aka ‘Portland Without the Weird’," 27 Sep. 2018 Stewart, the son of a longshoreman, is an international trade attorney who lives on an 18th-century plantation furnished with antiques bought at auction. Washington Post, "With Corey Stewart atop the ticket, Virginia Republicans are in turmoil," 2 July 2018 This humongous sale includes oodles of booths with antiques and one-of-a-kind items. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Free meals and deep discounts for military this Memorial Day weekend," 25 May 2018 The grounds are perfectly manicured; the rooms furnished with rare antiques and original works of art. Keith Flanagan, Town & Country, "Inside Cliveden House, the Hotel Where Meghan Markle Will Spend the Night Before Her Wedding," 14 May 2018 Each room of the 350-year-old estate is furnished with rare antiques and priceless works of art. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Stay in Separate Hotels the Night Before Their Wedding," 14 May 2018 Now in its fourth year, the festival will feature more than 70 booths with antiques, vintage furnishings, collectibles and vintage inspired arts and crafts. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "You can 'Ask An Appraiser' to value items at Covington event on April 22," 6 Apr. 2018 The brick home, circa 1804, is in the picturesque Rose Hall District and is filled with period antiques and reproductions to set the scene. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "10 must-see sights at this historic under-the-radar gem," 21 Mar. 2018 The shop dealt with antiques, but even there Sherwood and Russell couldn't resist putting on a party that turned a 2013 Tremont ArtWalk into a memorable affair. John Petkovic, cleveland.com, "Rob Sherwood, a pioneering DJ and dance club impresario, has passed away," 21 Feb. 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

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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