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 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 Crews worked overnight this week mounting the vintage-style neon sign, several months after limestone and granite work was completed at the Woodward Avenue complex in Midtown. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Majestic Theatre's new marquee gives Woodward a touch of classic old-school," 25 Oct. 2019 The Buccaneers’ find of Shaq Barrett is up there in free-agent signings of recent vintage. Albert Breer,, "Forget the Hype—the Browns Are Beginning to Believe in Themselves," 30 Sep. 2019 Langton and Looney decorated the space, a former asphalt shop, with a mishmash of designs culled from local vintage shops, and bar stools donated from friends in the area. Christina Tkacik,, "Imaginative food and a uniquely Baltimore experience at Gypsy’s Truckstaurant," 1 Aug. 2019 Kruger also chose a vintage-style bag with silver studs, as well as large sunglasses. Vogue, "Diane Kruger Has a City Take on the Cowboy Boot," 18 July 2019 Their genuine interest and excitement led to the creation of my online vintage shop, Berriez (formerly known as Fruity Looms). Emma Zack, Teen Vogue, "Why I Started a Store for Plus-Size Vintage Clothing," 12 July 2019 Of relatively recent vintage, with the oldest of them established in 2015, the first three are voice-driven social networking apps while Yishuo is a podcasting platform. Jane Li, Quartz, "China is cracking down on podcasts for this surprising reason," 2 July 2019 According to Waytkus, the David Wright house saga highlights many issues that make preserving historic homes—especially those of recent architectural vintage—a costly and challenging endeavor. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rethinking the modern house museum," 12 Oct. 2018 Owned by Jason and Victor Perez-Galloway, the vintage shop is named for their dog (who in turn is named for Marcello Mastroianni’s character in 8 1/2 ) and is packed with everything from band T-shirts to designer gowns. Liz Ohanesian, Los Angeles Magazine, "L.A.’s Most Fashionable Couple Lives Inside a DTLA Vintage Shop," 6 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Visitors will discover a treasure trove of information and artifacts relating to local schools, businesses and historic structures, as well as vintage pieces that could once be found in homes throughout much of America. cleveland, "Broadview Heights Historical Society wraps up successful Christmas display, settles into permanent home," 17 Dec. 2019 Market finds In a converted garage outside the historic center in Monteverde, Silvana Fantino collects and refurbishes vintage pieces for Binario4. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Vintage Shops, Markets, and Home Goods Stores to Visit in Rome Right Now," 17 Dec. 2019 Ski wear in soft blues, rich reds, and the perfect shade of mustard feel vintage and modern. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "Mountain High," 31 Oct. 2019 The couple furnished the home with cool vintage pieces, and Skow used the house for his office and for hosting out-of-town guests. Los Angeles Times, "Before and After: Rediscovering a forgotten John Lautner in Echo Park," 11 Oct. 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. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "15 bedroom decor ideas to steal now," 19 Aug. 2019 Dozens of slabs, from vintage Cadillacs and Oldsmobiles to newer Pontiacs and Buicks, filled the outdoor area at the brewery, all with signature swangas. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Annual Houston slab party draws hundreds to 8th Wonder Brewery," 23 June 2019 Or the ’90s revival, or the soft, vintage-y dresses New York girls have been wearing in the summers. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Chris Benz Was at J.Crew During Its Glory Days—Can He Bring Them Back?," 11 June 2019 And this year, she's found the one gift that literally everyone on your list will love: these vintage-y board games by Winning Solutions. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Rachel Bilson Found the Perfect Last-Minute Gift," 13 Dec. 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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“Vintage.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 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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