vintage

noun
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

vintage

adjective

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

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

For an even more elevated experience, indulge in one of the list's many vintages of Araujo, Colgin, Joseph Phelps, or Shafer Hillside Select. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 My rule of thumb is that upholstery is new and everything else is vintage. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Nate Berkus' 8 greatest tips for effortless home style," 2 July 2018 Other dinners have included camouflage-themed risotto flavored with puréed food scraps, and a composition, made with five different vintages of Parmesan cheese, that explored no less than the concept of time. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "Jonathan Gold looks over the 2018 World's 50 Best Restaurants list and names some notable omissions," 21 June 2018 According to the archeological evidence—flasks and stoppers and sealants—the earliest wine production occurred in what is now Armenia, with the first vintage sometime around 4000 B.C. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "A Vintner’s Quest to Create a Truly American Wine," 14 May 2018 Anything in the Special Club In Champagne, there’s an exclusive private club of grower-producer wines, each made in only the very best vintages. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "A Champagne Lover’s Guide to Hosting a Last-Minute Bastille Day Soirée," 13 July 2018 Most include items appropriate to the vintage of each RV including coffee cans, Coleman stoves, kitchen utensils and games that Jack Sisemore collected. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "RV museum chronicles Americans’ love of camping," 12 July 2018 Grgich's bottle and beret are now in the Smithsonian, and this year, visitors at the winery can sample a 40th-anniversary offering crafted to resemble the vintage that put Napa Valley wines on the world stage. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 The retail price of the 2016 vintage is around $61, while other superb Dönnhoff wines like the dazzling 2016 Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Riesling Trocken Nahe go for half as much. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Pro Move? Order the German Riesling," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

High Scores Video Arcade Museum Free play vintage arcade games. SFChronicle.com, "Exhibits listings," 12 July 2018 Hipsters and matrons alike come here in search of vintage items and tchotchkes. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 Holy Hill Art Farm: Art & Farm Market Show featuring vintage items, antiques and fresh farm products, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2-3, 4958 Highway 167, Hubertus, (262) 644-5698; holyhillartfarm.com. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's going on in Milwaukee this week: June 1-7," 31 May 2018 Handbags from designer brands will be up for auction, along with vintage items, fine jewelry pieces and a collection of accessories and designer sunglasses. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Carlsbad Newcomers club recruiting," 16 Apr. 2018 The Antiques Roadshow is indicative of another pattern in the Republican viewing data, a love of programs showing the value of older, vintage items. NBC News, ""Roseanne" TV reboot reveals latest divides in Red/Blue America," 8 Apr. 2018 Our go-to uniforms at-the-moment must be either straight leg jeans, vintage t-shirts, and plaid blazer OR oversized colorful jumper over a midi length skirt or dress. Harper's BAZAAR, "Healing Heartbreak with First Aid Kit," 28 Mar. 2018 Loyola Ramblers merchandise has been selling briskly, with some fans scouring sites like Etsy and eBay to find vintage items, but there’s one collectible that’s the Holy Grail: the Sister Jean bobblehead. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Sister Jean's bobblehead is getting a remake: 'She's essentially become her own brand'," 21 Mar. 2018 Shop for everything from outdoor furniture to sunrooms, tools, garden gadgets, gutter gardens, vintage items. idahostatesman, "The Boise Flower and Garden Show is March 23-25 | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of vintage

Noun

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

Adjective

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vintage

Noun

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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vintage

noun

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

vintage

adjective

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.

vintage

noun
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.

vintage

adjective

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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