vin·​tage | \ˈvin-tij \

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

b : outmoded, old-fashioned

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


a piano of 1845 vintage


the designer's bracelets and necklaces have the vintage look of jewelry from the 1920s

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lake City Lions Second Saturday Flea Market SAT Antiques, vintage, trinkets, treasures, arts and crafts by 60 vendors, snack bar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Veterans Day events, International Auto Show, bazaars/sales and more," 7 Nov. 2018 The Hello Kitty label was notable for actually naming a grape (Pinot Nero), a place (Pavia, Italy) and a vintage (2016). Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Do Women Really Want Wine That’s Sweet, Pink and Silly?," 30 Oct. 2018 The Cassina chaise longue is from Design Within Reach, the Louis Vuitton trunk is vintage, and the wallpaper is by House of Hackney. Sara Ruffin Costello, ELLE Decor, "A New Orleans Manse is Given New Life with a Fashionable Pizzazz," 26 Oct. 2018 The head sommelier's mission is to select wines that fit with the chef's menu and to buy the finest vintages to replace them: exclusively French, of course. Sylvie Corbet, Fox News, "Hidden underground world below French president put on view," 15 Sep. 2018 Another idea is to go vintage, like the example shown here. Jennifer Baum Lagdameo, Curbed, "8 easy ways to revamp your kitchen," 23 July 2018 From Count Dracula to Edward Cullen, there are both vintage and modern versions of vampires. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "One of Our Favorite Halloween Costume Ideas Is This DIY Vampire," 25 Oct. 2018 From Louis Vuitton's iconic collections with Stephen Sprouse and Jeff Koons to vintage and limited-edition Chanel bags, eBay's sale is filled with rare finds that all feel worthy of a splurge. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Presidential Alert: A Bunch of Rare Chanel and Louis Vuitton Bags Just Hit eBay," 4 Oct. 2018 Another Philadelphia connection to that vintage Who era is heard on the Live at the Isle of Wight album recorded in 1970. Dan Deluca,, "Roger Daltrey on 'Tommy,' The Who and saving Pete Townshend from sycophantitis," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Since then, many of the vintage pieces have been sold to fans on Ebay. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "CorningWare Just Re-Launched Their Iconic Cornflower Pattern in These Stores," 9 Aug. 2018 Local experts like Detroit author and historian Ken Coleman and national ones like Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. bring valuable context to the array of vintage photos and films clips. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Detroit: Comeback City' documentary is personal, and that's a good thing," 1 July 2018 More recently, a vintage store in Brooklyn, New York was accused of racially profiling a black lawyer and her daughter last month after an employee believed the pair was shoplifting and called the police. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "The Red Hen and the Weaponization of Yelp," 26 June 2018 After 60 years, the names of the other guys in the vintage photo are difficult to remember. Kevin Riordan,, "Ice cream cones and bayonets in Beirut: These vets share a different sort of war story," 23 June 2018 High Class Hillbilly, Lane’s vintage clothing store in Nashville, offers unique apparel that aligns with her discriminating sensibility. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Defiant country artist Nikki Lane coming to Ink's Middle of the Map," 18 June 2018 Knotty pine and granite dominate inside, along with blowups of vintage photos showing the river scene in bygone decades. Allen Pierleoni, sacbee, "Where to go for fun and food along Sacramento's Garden Highway," 18 May 2018 Read more: See vintage photos of Texas A&M and College Station After more testing, PETA staffers now allege that Texas A&M has set up an electronic filter designed to automatically weed out comments and visitor posts about animal cruelty. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "PETA lawsuit against Texas A&M turns Facebook comments into a First Amendment issue," 16 May 2018 South, a vintage clothing store that also hosts art exhibits and music events, founded by David Brown and Luciana Giovinazzo. Mary Colurso,, "Cool Spaces: This live-work building in Crestwood makes artists' dreams come true," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

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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