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antique

adjective an·tique \ (ˌ)an-ˈtēk , in verse often ˈan-tik \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of antique

1 : existing since or belonging to earlier times : ancient
  • antique trade routes to India
2 a : 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

Examples of antique in a Sentence

  1. studied shards from antique pots made by the Pueblos of the Southwest

  2. loved to collect antique sugar tongs

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Origin and Etymology of antique

Middle French, from Latin antiquus, from ante before — more at ante-

Synonym Discussion of antique

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

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antique

noun an·tique \ (ˌ)an-ˈtēk \

Definition of antique

1 : a relic or object of ancient times
2 a : 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

Examples of antique in a Sentence

  1. That car is an antique.

  2. their house is filled with rare antiques, including a collection of 19th-century African masks

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Origin and Etymology of antique

antique Synonyms


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antique

verb an·tique \ (ˌ)an-ˈtēk \

Definition of antique

antiqued; antiquing
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

antiquer

play \an-ˈtē-kər\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of antique


ANTIQUE Defined for English Language Learners

antique

adjective

Definition of antique for English Language Learners

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


antique

noun

Definition of antique for English Language Learners

  • : art, furniture, jewelry, etc., that was made at an earlier time and is often valuable


ANTIQUE Defined for Kids

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antique

noun an·tique \ an-ˈtēk \

Definition of antique for Students

: an object (as a piece of furniture) made at an earlier time

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antique

adjective

Definition of antique for Students

: belonging to or like a former style or fashion
  • antique lamps


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