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

The wine panel recently sampled 20 American rosés, all from the 2017 vintage, with the aim of suggesting some that are exceptional wines as well. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 Bledsoe launched his winery, called Doubleback, in 2008 and released the first vintage, a cabernet sauvignon, two years later. Mark Shanahan,, "Drew Bledsoe plans to create a wine in Terry Rozier’s honor," 10 May 2018 The wooden frame chairs are vintage from Consort and Merrill added custom leather cushions. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019 Celebrities have all had fun recently bringing back flashy archival runway pieces, and Clooney’s look showcases vintage at its most timeless. Vogue, "Amal Clooney Pulled Out Vintage Couture to Dine at Buckingham Palace," 13 Mar. 2019 And a group vintage televisions are later seen, somewhat reminiscent of many a scene in The Crown. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Jonas Brothers's New Music Video Is Inspired By The Favourite and the Royal Family," 1 Mar. 2019 The shoot was styled by Paris Chea, who sourced vintage Chanel from Pechuga Vintage in LA. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dreezy and Kash Doll's "Chanel Slides" Video Is the Kind of Energy We Want to Channel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Owning the rocker vibe is as easy as following this foolproof equation: grunge graphic tee + destroyed denim + faux leather + vintage-y sunnies. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Super-Hot Outfits Perfect for Your Next Concert," 28 Dec. 2018 Outfit inspiration from the video campaign includes button-up shirts, scarves, straight-leg vintage denim, and even topless looks. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Reebok Is Rereleasing This Sneaker For the First Time Since the ‘90s," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Plus, towns from Hudson to Catskill to Kingston offer a slew of great dining options (often featuring local, farm-to-table ingredients) and some of the country's best antique and vintage shopping. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Where to Stay in New York's Hudson Valley," 5 Apr. 2019 Hit up your local thrift store to snag vintage materials, like ornate bowls and plates to create this makeup holder for cheap. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "11 DIY Mother's Day Gifts That Will Make Her Feel All *Sparkly* Inside," 4 Apr. 2019 In fact, she's even admitted to having quite the impressive selection of vintage makeup books at home to help fulfill her passion for it. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Makeup Artist Lisa Eldridge Talks Makeup for Disney’s New Live-Action Remake of “Dumbo”," 2 Apr. 2019 Back in 2016, Albania accounted that a slew of vintage jets dating from the 1960s have were up for sale. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Albania’s Underground Air Force Doesn’t Look So Good," 1 Apr. 2019 The carpet is a vintage textile from Lawrence of La Brea, the vintage mid-century lamps on the console are from 1stdibs and the artwork, all belonging to the client, is by Brynn Gelbard and Lisa Donohoe. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019 The reality star attended the Hollywood Beauty Awards on Sunday night in the vintage Mugler piece, which left little to the imagination. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Wore the Naked Vintage Mugler Dress to End All Naked Dresses," 18 Feb. 2019 The combination of vintage Herman Miller pieces and work by Jasper Morrison, the Bouroullec brothers, and more, is just right—playful without seeming fussed-over. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 Garland Collection, a fine jewelry label that also specializes in vintage pieces, attributed 35% of its 2018 sales to Instagram. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "Instagram Made Me Buy It," 20 Sep. 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 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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