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 Shopping at Madison Street Salvage, a vintage architectural salvage and antique shop owned by Franklin Heritage, helps fund the theater, too. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "'We're the anchor': Why Franklin's Historic Artcraft Theater must survive the pandemic," 24 Apr. 2020 The former home of Davis Hosiery Mill, Vintage 1889 is now a combined restaurant and antique shop. al, "Take a road trip to see North Alabama’s many waterfalls," 17 Apr. 2020 Victorian-era buildings line the town’s historic district, which is now home to antique shops, restaurants, gift shops and a railroad museum. Sophie Dodd,, "Calling All Christmas Lovers! You Can Visit These Real-Life Hallmark Movie Towns," 20 Dec. 2019 But the country’s long-term dictator at that time, Mobutu Sese Seko, was famously kleptocratic, and within a few years many of those same objects began appearing for sale in Europe, some in the shops of Brussels antique dealers. Adam Hochschild, The Atlantic, "The Fight to Decolonize the Museum," 15 Dec. 2019 His father was a member of an esteemed family of antique dealers, and his mother was a noted artist in Weimar Germany. ‘‘Mr., "Most read on," 2 Oct. 2019 Browse a blend of fine art, crafts, vintage & antiques, on a farm homestead with 80 acres of rustic scenery and antique structures. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A list of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Spring 2020 edition)," 30 Apr. 2020 Dozens of vehicles including fire trucks, police cars and antique vehicles got decked out in red, white and blue to drive past Wisnieski’s house, as their passengers waved American flags and balloons. Hannah Drown, cleveland, "Richfield World War II veteran celebrates 100th birthday with car parade," 25 Apr. 2020 By using these weapons in traditional ways, like a German method where opponents lock swords and almost wrestle rather than fight, the archaeologists ended up with patterns of nicks and wear that match up to the real antique weapons. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Archaeologists Had a Sword Fight for Science, Also Because Sword Fights Are Fun," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The town, Clapham, is fictional, but small and artsy and white and famous for its antiques, like Hudson or Beacon. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "A Beach Read With Teeth," 15 May 2020 Farms, orchards and other locations will be offering antiques, art, crafts, pumpkin patches, apple picking, corn mazes, food, music and barn sales. Phil Marty,, "A film fest in Milwaukee, autumn drive in Illinois and more Midwest events," 11 Oct. 2019 For the last 30 years, Earl’s gallery has sold military antiques, estate jewelry, rare firearms, Alaska Native art and other goods, according to its website. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage gallery owner charged with illegally buying and selling walrus ivory, tax evasion," 23 Apr. 2020 Paul O’Sullivan, 57, an art and antiques dealer who lives in Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "An Anthem for Everyone Who’s Ever Googled Their Name," 13 Mar. 2020 The demand for American and English antiques reached its peak in the 1980s and 1990s. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "Design royalty is all atwitter about the Prince of Chintz auction," 23 Jan. 2020 With the nonchalance of an actor who spent the ’80s making rent by playing a semimystical antiques dealer in a British teatime drama, McShane declared that everyone needed to calm down about George R. R. Martin’s epic saga. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Why The Witcher Is Better Than Game of Thrones," 1 Jan. 2020 British antiques dealer Rose Uniacke displayed another Instagram fan favorite from the fair, a set of rare of Mathieu Mategot chairs from the 1950s. Jaimie Potters, Town & Country, "The Art World Took Over London For Frieze Week," 10 Oct. 2019 Rosenthal advises planning in advance before hunting for specific pieces, since the internet and antiques shops and fairs can be overwhelming. Washington Post, "Mix-and-match decor: In with the old ... and in with the new," 3 Mar. 2020 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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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Antique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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