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

Inside its 41 bungalows, rustic-chic decor abounds: amidst antique furniture and Persian rugs, guests can curl up in front of fireplace or in a four-poster canopy bed. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Glamorous Montecito Ranch Where Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Got Married," 18 June 2019 Hourlong distillery tours cost $15, and its tasting room features 1920s-era antique furniture and a gift shop. Phillip Valys,, "Warehouse District: How West Palm Beach’s newest nightlife village found suds, spirits and ‘soul’," 6 June 2019 The downtown area runs along Washington Street south from Rochambeau Plaza, and antique malls are a recurring attraction. Jim Webster,, "In Havre de Grace, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, a rich maritime history - and ducks, lots of ducks," 27 June 2018 Pence, 61, is a Marine veteran and owner of two antique malls. Time, "The Vice President's Brother, Greg Pence, Wins GOP Bid for Indiana House Seat," 10 May 2018 Greg Pence is a Marine veteran and owner of two antique malls who once ran the now-bankrupt chain of Tobacco Road convenience stores. Steve Peoples And John Raby,, "GOP voters in West Virginia reject ex-convict for Senate," 9 May 2018 The oldest of six Pence brothers, Greg Pence, 61, owns two antique malls and was formerly in the oil industry. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Greg Pence, Mike Pence’s older brother, is one step closer to serving in Congress," 9 May 2018 Pence, 61, is a Marine veteran and owner of two antique malls. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Greg Pence wins GOP nomination for House seat once held by brother Mike Pence," 8 May 2018 The eldest of six Pence siblings and the owner of antique malls in southern Indiana, Greg Pence is also part of his brother's inner circle, CNN previously reported. Sophie Tatum, CNN, "Mike Pence's brother wins Republican nomination for Indiana congressional seat, CNN projects," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The July 20th Katy Market Day will be in the heart of downtown Katy from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The market will feature food, vendors, music, art and antiques. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 7 July 2019 Also on the menu is an arrangement of Debussy’s Six épigraphes antiques and an unusual duo for flute and viola by Francois Devienne. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Dallas’ Basically Beethoven Festival offers free concerts in July," 4 July 2019 Indiana’s largest vintage and antiques market features between 200 and 250 vendors at each monthly event, offering for sale a wide range of antique and vintage goods, both in time period and price range. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: July 1-7," 30 June 2019 Imagine that someone’s wealth is all jewelry or art or antiques. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "Can Elizabeth Warren Win It All?," 14 June 2019 The shipping container decor comes from Recycling the Past, a sister company that specializes in architectural salvage and reclaimed antiques. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Shipping container hotel lets you try out tiny living," 29 May 2018 The City of Beaverton gave a local antique mall two months to move out of its building so the city can build temporary parking at the site, inciting pushback that plans to disrupt a city council meeting Tuesday., "Community fights Beaverton decision to demolish Curiosities Vintage mall for parking," 24 June 2019 With its iridescent back and brass counter (a single piece, including the sink, made in California) lit by antique theater lights found at Brimfield antiques show, this surely fits the bill. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "What Does a Chef-and-Restaurateur Couple's Kitchen Look Like?," 13 June 2019 Ireland and Newberg traveled together to Stockholm, France, and Italy, shopping the flea markets of Paris and the antiques fair in Parma for artworks, ceramics, and furniture. David M. Murphy, ELLE Decor, "Inside a Minimalist California Home That's Pared to Perfection," 30 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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 Michael was a car and truck enthusiast, an animal lover, and also enjoyed antiquing., "Michael P. Frank," 22 May 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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