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 It was not intended to replace the city seal depicting an antique car and bearing the motto Home Town of Henry Ford, officials said. Taylor Nichole Morris, Detroit Free Press, "City of Dearborn reveals new logo, faces community backlash," 11 Dec. 2019 One of the acts in the parade is a Zeigler family friend, Stevie Wyatt of Sylacauga, who is a collector of antique cars. al, "Zeigler writes a book recapping I-10 toll battle; recalls his ‘Mayberry’," 24 Nov. 2019 The carol stroll, with the Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps and antique cars, steps off at Essex Town Hall on West Avenue and ends at the waterfront to view the boat parade and the arrival of Santa and his elves. Susan Dunne,, "Nativities, trains and trees: Holiday highlights at Connecticut’s museums," 19 Nov. 2019 The landscapes and antique culture of Europe soon permeated her imagination. Michael Dumas, al, "Art gallery fills a creative need on the Eastern Shore," 22 Dec. 2019 Mac Cosgrove-Davies prints the same image in various antique photographic formats, including cyanotype (or blueprint), oil, carbon and gum bichromate. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Time Capsule’ retrospective highlights jazz’s influence on Frank Stewart," 20 Dec. 2019 No wonder reader Bill Purvis, an avid photographer, enjoyed taking shots of the French-Canadian capital’s antique stone buildings and colorful gardens on a summer 2019 trip. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Trips of a lifetime: Secrets from our readers," 19 Dec. 2019 Some of the antique ornaments, held in a glass fruit bowl, were carried by the owner’s great grandparents from Austria-Hungary through Ellis Island in 1903. oregonlive, "Oregon families celebrate the holidays at home with well-loved traditions," 18 Dec. 2019 There’s a brisk trade online in antique or replica tokens on key chains or necklaces; yours may have fallen from one of these., "San Antonio trade tokens encouraged repeat customers in late 1800s, early 1900s," 7 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The upper two levels will house a gallery showing art and antiques (Ogata plans to open with a show dedicated to washi, or Japanese paper, and lacquer objects), as well as contemporary photography by Japanese and international artists. Thomas Chatterton Williams, New York Times, "The Best of Japanese Dining and Design, Under One Parisian Roof," 2 Jan. 2020 There are swerving walkways, lush flowerbeds, antiques statuary and a patio set in yellow, lime green, red, blue and orange with bright patterned cushions. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In with the old, in with the new: Highlights from the homes we toured in 2019," 2 Jan. 2020 Exceptions apply for items authorized by law, antiques or parts of some musical instruments, parts purchased or sold as part of law enforcement activity or those bought by nonprofits focused on education or science. Dana Ferguson, Twin Cities, "New year, new laws; what changes in Minnesota on Jan. 1," 31 Dec. 2019 Just as London’s accent has changed, leaving the Cockney Thetfordians with an antique, so has London’s work culture. The Economist, "The Cockneys of Thetford," 18 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, an antique record player is used to bring the music from The Shining into the setting. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "Meet Animated Feature Contenders in Hollywood Reporter's 'Behind the Screen' Series," 2 Dec. 2019 Hendley Market’s most expensive antique is a 17th century Spanish vargueño traveling desk. Cheryl P. Rose, Houston Chronicle, "Nostalgia draws antique treasure hunters to historic Galveston," 15 Nov. 2019 The divers from the Ocean X team scout these regions for wrecks that could hold an antique, but tipsy cargo. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Divers Salvage 100-Year-Old Liquor from WWI Shipwreck," 7 Nov. 2019 Peer into private rooms filled with family pictures and priceless antiques. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cruise Like a Royal: 5 Itineraries Where You Can Visit Castles and Hang Out With Nobility," 17 Sep. 2019 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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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Antique.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 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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