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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Irish, who owns an antique shop in Providence, Rhode Island, wore a shawl-neck cardigan and round glasses, and had a professorial air. Laura Preston, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 The necklace, in this case, was sourced by an enterprising Vogue editor who was particularly inspired by Zelda’s vision, but for the most part, Zelda obtains her props and costumes from thrift and antique stores, and her mother’s closet. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 31 Jan. 2022 Vintage art at thrift or antique stores often comes with frames, saving you most of the cost of a new piece of art. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ purchase of the Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million was roughly equivalent to anyone else whimsically spending a few thousand dollars on a chest of drawers in an antique store. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Nijimori’s main street looks like a market alley in Japan’s ancient capital of Edo, lined with an izakaya pub, a kimono boutique and an antique store selling Japanese porcelain. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 It’s anchored by a Chapman Marble Oval table that features an antique bronze finish iron base. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 And on April 22 and 23, jewelry dealer Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos will be hosting a trunk show with a range of rare vintage and antique jewels made in or inspired various Muslim cultures. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 22 Apr. 2022 The sofas, ottoman, tables, pendants, and throw are by Apparatus; the rug by Stark; the curtains are in a Decortex velvet; and the antique Japanese embroidered artwork is from Sutter Antiques. Camille Okhio, ELLE Decor, 20 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kentshire Galleries has been one of the foremost dealers of fine antique and period jewelry, furniture, and objets d’art. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Those pieces could include an antique or a favorite piece of art. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 Uncommon antique Belleek pieces, like yours, are highly prized in the collectibles market today, and your scent bottle dates to around 1863-1890. oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2022 Red attends the funeral of an old antique-collecting colleague, Barney. Laura Sirikul,, 26 Mar. 2022 The collection evolved from there into Monica’s distinctive twist on some of her favorite antique and vintage pieces—charms, poesy rings and celestial motifs. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2022 Karloff is something of an antique, especially in a post-Freddy Krueger/Michael Myers/Candyman world. John Anderson, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 His pendants, brooches and necklaces were to become the most representative examples of Art Nouveau jewelry, according to antique and jewelry specialists. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 From Ashley Zhang’s Victorian-era antique to Monica Rich Kosann’s recent, colorful collaboration with Putnam & Putnam, below find a mix of old word heirlooms, modern layering pieces, and more lockets for women that are perfect for every occasion. Tascha Berkowitz, Vogue, 1 Feb. 2022 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,, 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, 7 Aug. 2019 Matte, polished, antiqued and brushed give home decorators many options to provide interest and depth. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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,, 20 June 2018 On trend right now are satin or brushed nickels and warmer antiqued brass. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, 6 Apr. 2018 Matte, polished, antiqued and brushed give home decorators many options to provide interest and depth. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of antique


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1786, 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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20 May 2022

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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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