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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 nounvintage 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 The revival of the vintage show starring Tiffany Haddish won’t be back. oregonlive, "Canceled TV shows from the 2019-2020 season: What’s ending, what’s gone for good?," 11 July 2020 Indiana's largest antiques and vintage-only market. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Things to do: In-person events this week, June 29-July 5," 29 June 2020 Atzbach’s Road Art collection will also be offered and includes approximately 15,000 items ranging from rare Shelby artifacts to original and authentic vintage automotive signs and collectibles. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Despite coronavirus, Mecum's Indianapolis event will be biggest yet. Here's what to know.," 11 July 2020 With its lush and shady tree canopy, early 20th century-era brick streets and southern-style mansions, Hyde Park is an oasis of history and vintage glamour directly on the bay. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "Things to Do in Tampa, Florida: Attractions and Travel Guide," 10 July 2020 Some of the best books of recent vintage, such as the Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St. Aubyn, can be read as unapologetic narratives of white privilege. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "The Shallowness of the Self-Aware Novelist," 9 July 2020 The pieces were made using vintage and thrift sourced by Subkoff as well as pieces pulled from the dark depths of from the kids’ closets; meetings were virtual or held outside observing social distancing guidelines. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Resurrected, Imitation of Christ Resumes Its Tradition of Disruption," 7 July 2020 The first vintage made from the fruit came in 2012. Virginie Boone,, "Progeny is a Mount Veeder winery for the entire day," 6 July 2020 Snarky signs aren't anything new for Phoenix vintage shop Antique Sugar, but a recent notice asking customers to wear a mask hit a nerve online. Helen Wieffering, USA TODAY, "Shocking 'masks required' sign at Arizona shop aims to shame customers. It seems to be working, the owner says.," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This also gives you access to vintage shops located beyond driving distance, which greatly expands your options. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Thrift Stores Are Bursting with Affordable Finds Right Now—Here's How to Shop Safely," 29 July 2020 Costuming worked somewhat similarly—Potter and her team found some vintage pieces, including jewelry, but also created custom items. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "How HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ brought its vintage, yet fresh look together," 12 July 2020 Dealerships will show off vintage Broncos and serve food while customers watch the event unfold on big screens. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Bronco Is a Big Deal for Bronco Fans and Dealerships, and They Intend to Party," 11 July 2020 These were customized vintage pieces in various Frankensteinian states of disrepair that played with the idea of resurrection, a concept that more than a decade later was re-christened upcycling. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Resurrected, Imitation of Christ Resumes Its Tradition of Disruption," 7 July 2020 Sunday’s vendors offered various vintage pieces, collector’s items and fresh produce. cleveland, "Vendors offer recycled goods and fresh produce in an outdoor setting: Olmsted Dates and Data," 29 June 2020 Know whose ice cream is whose with these vintage-style stickers personalized by name. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to make ice cream in a Mason jar," 15 June 2020 That mix of tones — intermingling harsh realities with exaggerated fight scenes, a vintage style and, above all else, humor — came naturally to Allen, in part because any random day in 2020 is filled with such variances. Los Angeles Times, "Police abuse. Entitled white people: The most relevant, antiracist video game of 2020," 9 June 2020 Office supplies like a vintage tape dispenser look good sitting there too. Erin Austen Abbott, Southern Living, "See How Erin Austen Abbott Turned an 1890 Mississippi Cottage Into a Family Home," 5 June 2020

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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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“Vintage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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