vin·​tage | \ ˈvin-tij How to pronounce vintage (audio) \

Definition of vintage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a season's yield of grapes or wine from a vineyard
(2) : wine especially : a usually superior wine all or most of which comes from a single year
b : a collection of contemporaneous and similar persons or things : crop
2 : the act or time of harvesting grapes or making wine
3a : a period of origin or manufacture a piano of 1845 vintage
b : length of existence : age



Definition of vintage (Entry 2 of 2)

1 of wine : of, relating to, or produced in a particular vintage
2 : of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality : classic
3a : dating from the past : old
4 : of the best and most characteristic used with a proper noun vintage Shaw: a wise and winning comedyTime

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Examples of vintage in a Sentence

Noun a piano of 1845 vintage Adjective the designer's bracelets and necklaces have the vintage look of jewelry from the 1920s
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Chucky, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos after a vintage 'Good Guy' doll turns up at a suburban yard sale. Clark Collis,, 19 July 2021 Among those is Haight & Ashbury, a high-end vintage shop packed with unique clothing (both from Japan and abroad) with a quality, chic feel. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 15 July 2021 The vintage-y strappy fronts are in face-powder pink soft leather, the back is jacked up on a towering stilt in red and black, and there’s a slick of metal in there, too. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 12 July 2021 An isolated bat roost may have brewed up a viral vintage found nowhere else in the world. Lindsay Beyerstein, The New Republic, 29 June 2021 For Kaizer, the pandemic solidified vintage as a big player in the bridal market. Leah Dolan, CNN, 24 June 2021 On the nearside, a dual champagne cooler was specifically designed to fit bottles of the owner’s favorite Armand de Brignac vintage. Jeremy Taylor, Robb Report, 27 May 2021 Then, in April, another prototype dropped out of a 280-mile off-road race in Baja California after just 40 miles, performing worse than a 1980s vintage Toyota converted to run on a Nissan Leaf motor and battery. New York Times, 12 May 2021 But anything close to vintage deGrom figures to be a tall task for the struggling Diamondbacks’ offense, which has just five extra-base hits and is just 6 for 54 with men in scoring position on this road trip. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For two weeks in June, guests were presented with Sixième Sens, a collection of 250 pieces including 80 new designs and over 150 vintage pieces under the Cartier Tradition moniker. Jill N Newman, Town & Country, 9 July 2021 Look for artists including Harwell Godfrey, Celine Daoust, Victoria Walker, Venyx as well as a curation of vintage pieces. Kristen Philipkoski, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Now, Kaizer says, vintage pieces will become a mainstay in the wedding industry through 2021 and beyond. Leah Dolan, CNN, 24 June 2021 Eilyn Jimnez, founder of Miami’s Sire Design, suggested including vintage pieces, found items and family heirlooms in a curated way. Elizabeth Anne Hartman, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Beavan’s team looked at numerous vintage pieces but remade everything themselves. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 The original Dirty Drummer opened in Phoenix in 1975, and Armstrong says the crowds mirror that historyby wearing vintage Suns gear from the '70s, '80s and 1993, the last time the team made the finals. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2021 The 26th annual Millers at Milwaukee, a celebration of vintage Indy racing, hit the track at Wisconsin State Fair Park on July 9-10. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 July 2021 The models strode the catwalk as models do, scampering down the runway in the season’s essentials — vintage T-shirts, yellow rain boots, a camo-print backpack — before a virtual audience. Washington Post, 8 July 2021

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First Known Use of vintage


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vintage


Middle English, probably alteration of vendage, from Anglo-French vendage, vendenge, from Latin vindemia grape-gathering, vintage, from vinum wine, grapes + demere to take off, from de- + emere to take — more at wine, redeem

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21 Jul 2021

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“Vintage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vintage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the grapes or wine produced during one season
: a period in which something was made or was begun



English Language Learners Definition of vintage (Entry 2 of 2)

used to describe a wine usually of high quality that was produced in a particular year which is identified on the bottle
used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc.
used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.


vin·​tage | \ ˈvin-tij How to pronounce vintage (audio) \

Kids Definition of vintage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the grapes grown or wine made during one season
2 : the time when something started or was made He uses slang of recent vintage.



Kids Definition of vintage (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : produced in a particular year a vintage wine
2 : of old and continuing interest, importance, or quality vintage cars

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