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

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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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


studied shards from antique pots made by the Pueblos of the Southwest loved to collect antique sugar tongs


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

On Pinterest, antique buttons are often grouped by color and displayed in satisfying, orderly grids or comfortable piles., "Hardcore button collectors see beauty, history in the fashion essential," 1 Aug. 2019 Thomas Tolan, director of communications for the New York antique jewelry dealer FD Gallery, attributed the style’s popularity to the rise of working women and their desire for practical jewelry. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Jackie Kennedy’s Favorite Earrings Are Back," 10 July 2019 The extremely rare chess piece was bought for 5 U.K. pounds ($6.30) in 1964 by an antique dealer in Edinburgh, Scotland, and then passed down through this family. Fox News, "'Sensational' Viking boat graves discovered," 9 July 2019 The organizers are smart to place the antique dealers in one location – at the head of First Street. Steven Wayne Yvaska, The Mercury News, "Bay Area summer collectibles events from Moss Landing to Niles," 4 July 2019 This week featured two guest judges—founder of her namesake lifestyle brand India Hicks, and designer and esteemed antique dealer Richard Shapiro—whose combined expertise on the judging podium would be daunting for even the most skilled designer. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins," 7 June 2019 The University of Louisville’s first baseman has the discerning eye of an antique dealer and the home plate patience of Joey Votto. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell wants Logan Wyatt to be 'greedier' at the plate," 6 June 2019 Beyond galleries, there were cafes, gourmet food shops, a toy store with a sidewalk Teddy bear tea party, antique shops, and my favorite find: Bananas, a vintage shop with clothing, jewelry, and kitsch. Linda Greenstein,, "Gloucester: From harbor walks to eclectic shops," 17 July 2019 Meanwhile, Mowry-Hardrict headlines A Very Vintage Christmas, which involves an antique shop and the search for the owner of a mysterious box filled with romantic souvenirs. Dan Snierson,, "Lifetime orders record 28 Christmas movies for 2019," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Furnished with antiques, the 28-room property exudes serenity and lost grandeur. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, "Discover why Laos is the world’s next great foodie destination," 10 July 2019 Designer Michele Bonan is outfitting the 30 polished rooms with antiques from Marché des Puces de Saint Ouen in the north of the city. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Hottest New Hotel Openings of Summer 2019," 9 July 2019 Where to eat: Sara's Harmony Way is the town's hot spot, filled with antiques and mismatched furniture. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 The distillery is filled with 1920s-era antiques and Etheridge has put thought into every detail. Emmakate Austin,, "Steel Tie Spirits distillery in West Palm Beach rich in history," 1 July 2019 In addition to the sweeping architectural views inside and out, the estate also houses Shmavonian’s many collections, including fine Asian antiques, children’s tin toys and books. Tony Bravo,, "Visit two Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Bay Area," 22 July 2019 Room Two housed a quilted double bed, an oak dresser, a desk, and a reading chair—all antiques. Elizabeth Poliner,, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Sabelle," 20 July 2019 This year, local juried artisans and crafters along with vendors of upcycled items and antiques will be showcasing their varied wares., "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 18 July 2019 Summer provides us with a great-weather opportunity to enjoy the outdoor antiques venues. Brenda Yenke,, "Zoar Harvest Fest delivers old world charm: Yenke Peddler antiques," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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 Royers Pie Haven There is limited seating inside this ramshackle house covered in hanging pie tins but that doesn't bother most diners, who are here for a slice of pie or coffee to-go on their way to and from antiquing or shopping. Allison Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Austin," 5 Mar. 2018 Big news for anyone who loves antiquing: your new favorite destination is here. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Gallery At 200 Lex Powered By Incollect Is The Ultimate Antiques Destination," 23 Jan. 2019 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., "John Randall Davidson," 8 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of antique

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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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