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


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

Produced in a partnership with the Perrin family of Chateauneuf-du-Pape fame, the wine has been a market sensation since its introduction with the 2012 vintage. Dave Mcintyre Columnist, Washington Post, "John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi and Brangelina make surprisingly delicious rosés," 5 June 2019 The vintage, old-timey buttons also remind me of some of the costumes on the show. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Channels the Mother of Dragons In a 'Game of Thrones'-Inspired Vest," 29 May 2019 Hitting the red carpet in vintage Thierry Mugler, Kardashian rocked a black dress featuring a thigh-high slit, and extremely revealing torso cut-outs. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Narrowly Avoids a Wardrobe Malfunction in Vintage Thierry Mugler Cut-Out Gown," 18 Feb. 2019 In Barbe-Nicole's time, the most common method for refining the vintage was simply to open it and pour the wine into a new bottle, leaving the yeast behind. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "You Have the Founding Mothers of Champagne to Thank for the Bubbly You Drink Today," 8 Mar. 2019 Arpepe is best known for its Riserva wines, each produced from Nebbiolo sourced from a single zone—such as Sassella, Grumello or Inferno—and released only in the finest vintages. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 The steel-and-wood table is custom, the vintage Niels Otto Møller chairs are upholstered in a Perennials fabric, and the 18th-century candlelit lantern is Swedish. Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, "A Minimalist West Village Townhouse Is Given a Sensuous and Cerebral New Life," 23 Nov. 2018 And with this summer’s record-breaking heat wave, British winemakers are readying their cellars for the 2018 vintage. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kent Is Poised to Be the U.K.'s Napa Valley," 14 Sep. 2018 The vintages of San Fereolo presented to us ranged from a 2010 Dogliani Superiore to a 2001 Dogliani Superiore. Dave Eckert, kansascity, "The Italian region of Piedmont offers some top quality wines | The Kansas City Star," 6 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Distinctive elements: Shade garden featuring a large Magnolia tree; art from various Louisville artists, including paintings of poinsettias featured in the kitchen; vintage furniture pieces, including a dining room table from 1969. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville couple refurbished their Victorian home to highlight historic touches," 6 June 2019 Mixed in with some Wheeler originals are antiques and even vintage-inspired new pieces from Serena & Lily and Rejuvenation. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "The Reno of This Historic Catskills Cottage Is Impeccable," 23 May 2019 Now, from Atelier & Repairs’ Los Angeles workshop, a small team of specialists uses vintage and leftover fabrics to restore and embellish abandoned garments from chinos to chore jackets. Isaiah Freeman-schub, WSJ, "Each of These Tapestries Takes At Least 70 Hours to Make," 26 Oct. 2018 It’s called Monterey Car Week, and since 1950, it's played host to the some of the most pristine new and vintage cars from around the world. Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Playground of the Super Rich You Never Knew Existed," 6 Sep. 2018 In fact, the company is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an Android phone that’s about as vintage as the company itself. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "RCA's 100th anniversary Android phone is the Victrola of 2019 smartphones," 10 May 2019 This, after her crazy-naked vintage Mugler dress, shows the star isn't slowing down with her edgy lewks. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "My Eyeballs Can't Handle Kim Kardashian's Fully Sheer '90s Catsuit," 2 May 2019 Kim's other recent naked looks have included a vintage Versace dress and a Thierry Mugler cut-out gown. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Neon Pink Bikini Barely Covers Anything," 27 Apr. 2019 Dress it up in a stylishly seductive package, a vintage cocktail dress, and a pair of cowboy boots. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Meet the Poster Girl for L.A.’s Zero-Proof Party Scene," 24 Apr. 2019

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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 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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