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

Mast books and Omar Sosa of Apartamento magazine are curating a selection of out-of-print, vintage, and rare books at the newsstand. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Get an Exclusive Preview of Object & Thing, New York's Newest Art and Design Fair," 2 May 2019 Fast forward to today and her wardrobe is still refreshing and filled with surprises, many of which are vintage. Vogue, "Is Kourtney Actually the Best Dressed Kardashian Sister?," 18 Apr. 2019 Jacobs's are vintage, but the legendary Upper East Side jeweler still sells them today. Will Kahn, Town & Country, "The Story Behind Marc Jacobs' Wedding Cufflinks and Penguin Pins," 17 Apr. 2019 The lamp, chair, and Platner table pictured here are all vintage, as well. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "The Happiest New York Apartment We've Ever Seen," 9 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This quaint neighborhood is home to cozy live-music venues and boutique wine bars, as well as vintage clothing stores and French bistros. Adrienne Faurote, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Shanghai, China," 5 Apr. 2019 An Amal-Meghan stamp of approval certainly does give a trip to the vintage store extra appeal, though. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Amal Clooney and Meghan Markle Go to the Same Vintage Dealer," 13 Mar. 2019 Max Mara jumpsuit, $1,990,; Wing and Weft pink velvet gloves, similar at vintage stores; Marc Jacobs black and white striped skirt suit; Marc Jacobs metallic pink skirt suit; Tuleste white pom pom earrings, $60, Hannah Miller, Seventeen, "How to Pair Cool Sneakers with Your Favorite Holiday Party Outfits," 27 Nov. 2018 For the over-packer, a roomier duffle bag may be the right investment; try a monogrammed style that doubles as a status item, like Bella, who was recently spotted carrying a vintage style by Louis Vuitton in a Takashi Murakami–drawn cherry print. Vogue, "Is the Airport Your Runway? Meet 4 Travel Bags That Marry Fashion and Function," 23 Apr. 2019 Increasingly, the vintage styles sought by young men like Mr. Hadley are reappearing on racks. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How ‘90s Clothing Brands are Using Retro Designs to Entice Millennials," 29 Oct. 2018 First, stop at Eldorado, a vintage store with an endless California summer vibe, and George Gregory, a menswear store stocked with flannel, canvas, and felt millinery. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Detroit," 3 Oct. 2018 The retro silhouette can be traced back to brands like Réalisation Par and Staud, which draw inspiration from vintage styles, plus the Western influence on the fall runways—those two forces combined make for quite the fall trend. Ana Colon, Glamour, "The Fall 2018 Top Trend You're About to See Everywhere," 27 Aug. 2018 Leslie generally tends to favor vintage styles, sometimes with a slightly modern twist like a sheer fabric or bold color update, so her choice of wedding dress wasn’t out of character., "Rose Leslie Chose A Wedding Gown Worthy Of A Castle," 23 June 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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