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

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 What to know: Unlike the Rebels’ teams of recent vintage under coach Lane Kiffin, this year’s offense relies more on the ground game with both running back Zach Evans and quarterback Jaxson Dart averaging better than five yards per rushing attempt. USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2022 Kevin Lock has flown tens of thousands of hours around the region in a CASA turboprop, a medium-sized cargo plane of Spanish vintage, delivering air freight for Ryan Air. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Sep. 2022 Westminster Palace, dominating the skyline with Big Ben and the Victoria Tower, is of a similar vintage. Paul Hammer, The Conversation, 20 Sep. 2022 And at Snowmass, many particle physicists—particularly those of an older vintage—still spoke of it in the present tense as an old friend. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 8 Sep. 2022 The Patagonian shipwreck was suspected of being a whaling ship of North American vintage, so the database would come in handy. Brian Amaral,, 26 Aug. 2022 Levi’s offers its jeans from every era in various sizes at secondhand prices for a constant stream of available vintage. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 21 Aug. 2022 In Volvos of that vintage, one of those buttons drops the rear headrests, which are rather heavy and very much wish to return to a horizontal orientation with absolute disregard for the skulls of anyone sitting in their way. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 18 Aug. 2022 The new restaurant’s décor helps tell that tale, with a lot of the vintage finds coming from the building’s longtime superintendent. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Other festival highlights include more than 30 military and civilian airplanes, aircraft flyovers and air show maneuvers, vintage cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 26 Sep. 2022 The new Hall of Fame members will ride in vintage cars in the Edgewood High homecoming parade on Sept. 30. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 21 Sep. 2022 In 2020, a set of six vintage MBTA train cars sold for just $1,025 — plus the cost of transporting the hulking relics somewhere else. Spencer Buell,, 12 Sep. 2022 Guy Fieri is known for cruising around in a 1968 red Camaro along with a myriad of other vintage cars — but those are his cars, not his sons. Ana Calderone, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2022 The vintage race cars actually take part in real races. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 3 Sep. 2022 On the eastern side of the tram tracks, keep an eye out for two vintage Peak Tram cars -- editions four and five, respectively -- and for the enormous yellow pulleys that help power the tram. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 26 Aug. 2022 Gallery space devoted to vintage cars, including a 1914 Stutz Bearcat and 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Boxer. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Aug. 2022 In all, more than 350 vintage cars turned up to make noise and to make an already beautiful place even more beautiful. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 4 Oct. 2022.

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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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