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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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 In 2015, Germans were consumed by a proposal that would require people to obtain a license before being allowed to board one of the country’s antique paternosters. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "Covid-19 is a problem for elevators. Is the paternoster lift the solution?," 18 June 2020 The antique fabric pattern has a long history, but that hasn’t stopped Southern towns from adapting the classic design and customizing it to include local sights and scenes. Southern Living, "Signature Toiles Celebrate Our Favorite Southern Towns," 12 June 2020 Other entertainment at the fairgrounds in Tallmadge will include Junior Fair projects, horse pulls and antique tractor displays. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Summit County Fair downsized due to coronavirus, scheduled for July 29 to Aug. 2," 11 June 2020 Doyle lived in an opulent Ottawa penthouse filled with antique furniture. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, "When Mr. Sloan Went to Washington," 11 June 2020 Patching up old brick and cobblestone, repurposing old wood for new siding, installing antique windows — all of the work is an effort to keep the structures as original as possible. Samantha Hendrickson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ottawa family restores 1843 farm to host events, keep Wisconsin history alive," 11 June 2020 Kathia Emery, owner of Emery & Associates Interior Design in Portland, recently worked with a young couple who wanted a way to incorporate an antique dresser in their new master bedroom. oregonlive, "When you have a lifetime of stuff to let go, experts help with hard decisions," 10 June 2020 Crafted of wood and veneers and coated in an antique black finish, the Radine is a substantial piece of furniture. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The prettiest headboards under $400," 10 June 2020 The county and city have partnered since 2012 to provide law enforcement services in the city, popular with tourists for its antique shops. Author: Mary Hudetz, Anchorage Daily News, "Police chief in Washington town reassigned after response to false rumors about antifa attack," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During the boozy hang, Raúl reveals his father's secret room, which is filled with expensive antiques and stacks of cash. Ariana Romero,, "Who Is Control Z’s Hacker? The Shocking Answer, Explained," 26 May 2020 Video also showed them taking a large Chinese vase, along with other antiques and Chinese art valued at approximately $75,000, according to police. Christopher Roth, azcentral, "Antiques, art and 15 guns: Gilbert couple arrested on suspicion of theft," 22 Feb. 2020 Danny Minnie's in Annagry, presently the best place to eat in the area, has a small collection of beautiful rooms filled with antiques and pieces the family has brought from all around Europe (doubles from about $125; Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "In County Donegal, Ireland's Myths, Magic, and Music Intertwine," 8 Feb. 2020 The Diamonds’ weekend house in Huntington, on Long Island, was filled with antiques and with art that ranged from a Léger mural to an Egyptian funerary mask. Anita Gates, New York Times, "Hester Diamond, Passionate Art Collector, Is Dead at 91," 31 Jan. 2020 Frederick filled the property with antiques, including dining-room chairs once owned by J.P. Morgan and a canopy bed that belonged to Marie Antoinette. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Koch Brothers Are Sitting on a Real Estate Empire Worth Hundreds of Millions," 23 Jan. 2020 The historic restaurant is filled with antiques and artifacts. Mike Klingaman,, "With roots in the 18th century, this Elkridge spot could be considered Howard County’s oldest restaurant," 28 Oct. 2019 The historic downtown Portland space has been outfitted with Chinese antiques and vintage photography showing Shanghai in the 1920s. oregonlive, "Big’s Chicken returning to Portland, and all the other restaurant news you need to know right now," 1 Oct. 2019 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 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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24 Jun 2020

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“Antique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 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


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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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