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
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

Revival Debuting last fall with one-of-a-kind vintage and original handmade carpets from Turkey, Revival’s prices are up to 10 times lower than comparable rugs at conventional U.S. retailers. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "Start Buying Furniture the Millennial Way—or Risk Missing Out," 13 Dec. 2018 My father uncorked the 30-year-old vintage and poured out a murky, burgundy liquid that smelled like vinegar, cherries and undisguised malice. Alexandra Kleeman, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Pop Champagne Whenever," 28 Dec. 2018 Albanese pulled together an eclectic mix of vintage and custom furniture with layered textures and materials, imparting a sense of sophisticated youthfulness that is equally kid-appropriate and a playful backdrop for adults. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Vivacious Canadian Lake House With a Joyful Sense of Irreverence," 24 Dec. 2018 His shop was tangible proof of his legacy, filled with one-of-a-kind guitars in progress and vintage and homemade tools. Popular Mechanics, "Iconic Guitar Builder Loses His Home and Workshop to Flames in Paradise," 16 Nov. 2018 Shoppers can find exclusive pieces from the One Kings Lane Collection, original and one-of-a-kind art, as well as vintage and antique items. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "You'll Want To Live In One Kings Lane's New Flagship Store," 2 Nov. 2018 At the unofficial kick-off event to the week, McCall’s Motorworks Revival, vintage and brand new automobiles (like Genesis’ new Essentia Concept model) are on display alongside impressive jets. Tara Casey, Town & Country, "This Californian Car Show is the New It-Social Scene," 6 Sep. 2018 Those who want to explore the area will find attractions such as breweries, wineries and vintage and antique stores. New York Times, "Looking for a Weekend Escape? Here Are 5 Family-Friendly Options," 6 July 2018 The vintage Hawker Hunter fighter jet was playing the role of adversary in an exercise with the Hawaii Air National Guard. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-Military Jet Crashes in Hawaii, Pilot Pulled to Safety," 13 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

My nephew has since run vintage-clothing stores in Brooklyn and now in Pittsburgh. Lou Weiss, WSJ, "How Used Clothes Got to Be ‘Vintage’," 19 Sep. 2018 But others have made a career out of browsing vintage stores for incredible finds. Kim Komando, Fox News, "5 incredibly useful tools for your digital spring cleaning," 7 Apr. 2018 Stock vintage sweater, $185, Stock Vintage, 143 East 13th Street, New York, Flagpole swim brief, $185, Elisa Lipsky-karasz, WSJ, "Gwyneth Paltrow Wants to Convert You," 4 Dec. 2018 These vintage, second-hand pieces can be placed next to something totally modern. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Bohemian Design," 19 Oct. 2018 The hill climb is where hundreds of new and vintage cars, race cars, and motorcycles take to an uphill road course to compete for the fastest time throughout the duration of the weekend. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Great Drives: A European Tour in a Maserati Levante," 13 July 2018 For those who want to explore the island by bicycle, the hotel offers guests vintage-looking three-speed cruisers for $25 a day. Juliet Pennington,, "The perfectly placed Kelley House gets a major refresh," 9 May 2018 Entertainment and music of the 40's, and fly-bys of vintage World War II aircraft await you! Denisa Protani,, "John W. Brown June 9th History Cruise," 3 May 2018 Numerous vintage military aircraft are mothballed in Pima County. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "National Guard jet was on its final flight when it crashed on way to Arizona," 2 May 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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