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

Windows open to provide air flow, and vintage sconces have been paired with more modern LED lights to provide a spot-on ambiance. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Glamorous vintage camper is your midcentury dream home on wheels," 18 Oct. 2018 Besides, any movie that works in vintage ONJ can't be all bad. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sink or Swim' ('Le Grand bain'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 14 May 2018 An open-concept kitchen unfolds to multiple living areas, and other highlights include a dramatic formal dining room, billiards room and vintage-style movie theater. Jack Flemming,, "Earthquake lab reimagined as a Mediterranean villa sells for $6.885 million," 3 July 2019 If your biggest selling point is a triumphant march to the recent past, seeming like a limping vintage model is a big problem. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Biden’s Big Night Belonged to Others," 28 June 2019 Charm at the Farm is an open-air vintage market located on a 56-acre former Clydesdale horse farm in quaint, Lebanon. Candice Terrell, Fierce Marketing,, "Charm at the Farm is back for 2019," 19 June 2019 Today the BierVision Monstein brewery has made the village a highlight of the region and a must-see stop on the Davos-Monstein vintage bus tour. Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi, National Geographic, "Have a beer at one of Europe's highest breweries," 19 June 2019 The celebration will also include the Vietnam Traveling Wall (arriving July 8), a Veterans Hall of Heroes, military history displays, a USO show, military units in the Pan-O-Prog parade and vintage plane flyovers. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Lakeville gets its own ‘Freedom Rock’ in time for 100th anniversary of VFW post," 17 June 2019 ELLE Decor A-List interior designer Charlie Ferrer joined forces with furniture brand CB2 on a special vintage collection, which was unveiled today. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "CB2 Launches Vintage Collection with ELLE Decor A-Lister Charlie Ferrer," 14 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Vintage baseball: A Middleburg Heights Library Children & Camp family program includes a vintage baseball game between the Akron Black Stockings and the Cleveland Blues, from 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at the library, 16699 Bagley Road. Rich Heileman,, "High school students don scrubs for hands-on medical experience: Around The Town," 19 July 2019 Don Sommer, a leading voice in the classic car hobby, top maker of vintage replacement parts and tireless promoter of metro Detroit events showcasing classic cars and the region’s automotive history, died July 15. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Concours d’Elegance founder, classic car guru Don Sommer dies at 86," 19 July 2019 Speaking of vintage drinking spots, the Tivoli, 505 Sixth Ave. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Beer and Ninja Turtles, a refreshing Comic-Con combo," 18 July 2019 Mirrors, the top and back of the bar, and brass tables were acid washed to create a vintage look. Shauna Stuart |,, "In Founder’s Station, Cayo Coco Rum Bar & Restaurante is a nod to Cuba’s pre-revolution high life," 12 July 2019 The final ensemble was vintage Gaga: a glittery black bra, panties, fishnet tights, and ridiculously high platform boots. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Lady Gaga’s Private Fashion Archive is Going on Display in Las Vegas—Infamous Dried Meat Dress Included," 30 May 2019 Maxine’s style—including her clothes, makeup, and apartment—is very vintage. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Russian Doll's Greta Lee Is the Best Friend You Always Wanted," 13 Apr. 2019 For years here, the vintage look included a black-and-white checkerboard floor, photos of celebrities and a wall of license plates. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Evie’s Hamburgers, a retro fave, closes in Walnut Creek," 1 July 2019 Charm at the Farm features vintage pieces, clothing, furniture and home décor from more than 115 of the region’s most talented artisans and popular shops. Candice Terrell, Fierce Marketing,, "Charm at the Farm is back for 2019," 19 June 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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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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