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

As dealers moved south in the ’70s and ’80 to the base of Potrero Hill, they were replaced by art and antique dealers, as well as such one-of-a-kind shops as William Stout Architectural Books. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Well-crafted Jackson Square condos rich in design inspiration," 2 July 2018 The rugs, from merchants in Turkey to antique dealers on the side of Route 1, are stored in the couple’s garage. Rachel Raczka, BostonGlobe.com, "A savvy couple, a dog — and lots of rugs," 25 May 2018 At least, that’s what the antique dealers are hoping. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Antiques for millennials: You want old stuff — you just don't know it yet," 8 May 2018 Gail was a well respected artist and antique dealer. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Gail A. Vaill," 2 May 2018 Ladurée SoHo's salon inspired by French antique dealer and interior designer, Madeleine Castaing contains a plush leopard print carpet and lavish décor. Kristen Bateman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Maison Ladurée's New Soho Home," 4 Feb. 2014 It‘s located along the town’s main historic thoroughfare, Warren Street, which is home to an eclectic mix of antique shops, galleries, restaurants, and performance spaces. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 Like with similar buybacks in 2013 and 2015, Saturday’s event brought in a wide array of weapons, including small-caliber pistols and antique rifles. Alex Nitkin, chicagotribune.com, "Dozens of guns taken by Evanston police at 'no questions asked' buyback event," 11 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Each day the calendar gives her a gift, and then that exact item seems to appear in real life—as if the antique is predicting her future. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Netflix Just Released the Trailer for the New Christmas Movie 'The Holiday Calendar'," 23 Oct. 2018 As the Winter Show opens to the public this weekend, here are the stand-out antiques, picked by Features Editor Lilah Ramzi and Living Writer Elise Taylor. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Oldies but Goodies: The 10 Standout Antiques from The Winter Show," 18 Jan. 2019 Within Nice itself, our readers voted Le Negresco, with its ocean-view suites and eccentric decor, which spans from French antiques to mod swivel chairs and, among the top hotels in France. Condé Nast Traveler, "La Compagnie Flight Deal: Business Class to the French Riviera for $1,200," 4 Dec. 2018 But beyond the flowery wallpapers with matching lampshades, dog portraiture, needlepoint and traditional European antiques was a quirky man with a wicked sense of humor. The Editors, ELLE Decor, "Remembering Mario Buatta: Designers, Colleagues, and Clients Share Their Memories of the "Prince of Chintz"," 16 Oct. 2018 Chef Lance Fegen, culinary director for Liberty Kitchen restaurants, is taking his show on the road to Texas' legendary antiques fair. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston chef does Round Top pop-up," 9 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nearly all rooms have antique four-poster beds and are decorated in shades of wheat with brown, blue, or sage accents. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.," 24 July 2018 The Dia:Beacon art museum and Storm King Art Center are also only a quick ride away, as are the antiquing towns of Warwick and Sugar Loaf. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 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

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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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