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

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 The Hippo is a staple vintage San Francisco restaurant logo for several T-shirt-on-demand companies. Tamara Palmer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why San Francisco can't forget Hippo Burger, the wacky restaurant with an ice cream-topped burger," 7 May 2021 All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Place, Suite 10, will feature a pop-up shop from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring Trash Kween which offers styled, curated and altered vintage clothing and accessories from the 1960s to the present. David Sharos,, "Aurora First Fridays fest to feature some new elements," 5 May 2021 There are the big generalists — including EBay, Amazon and wholesale site B-Stock — and a wealth of specialized online marketplaces for books, vintage clothing, jewelry and other things. Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: How to get into the world of buying wholesale and reselling," 4 May 2021 Free of the tired overindulgence of the third game, while still carrying more meat on its bones than the original, God of War II is the epitome of vintage, uber-masculine, mid-aughts excess. Luke Winkie, Vulture, "The 20 Best Games on PlayStation Now," 4 May 2021 Today, the Chiclet, officially known as the Wilkes Modular Sofa Group, has grown a following from design fans and vintage dealers alike. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The Chiclet Is Back," 4 May 2021 The company helps to store, maintain, and care for precious collections of fashion (vintage included) assembled by individuals and institutions. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "How to Care for Vintage and Delicate Garments," 3 May 2021 The vintage-y boudoir shoot was conceptualized by Billie herself and the point behind it is an important one. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Billie Eilish Wears Lingerie On the Cover of British Vogue to Claim Her Power," 3 May 2021 Off her award-winning Improvement, this latest novel feels like vintage Silber: stories interlinked with the confidence of Elizabeth Strout, but all their own in mood and power. David Canfield,, "Hot Stew, Secrets of Happiness, and the delight of Dickensian character webs: Review," 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There’s a new old on the market: The early aughts are now vintage. New York Times, "New York, It’s Time to Shop! (Masks on, Please)," 22 Apr. 2021 Cobb delivers vintage performance For only the eighth time in his career, Cobb recorded double-digit strikeouts in his winning effort. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Shohei Ohtani, Alex Cobb catapult Angels to win over Royals," 12 Apr. 2021 The coffee table is by John Eric Byers, and the Carlo Molino occasional table is vintage. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "This Home Features Just the Right Dose of Art Deco Glam," 8 Apr. 2021 The 33-year-old celebrated his record-equaling achievement with another vintage performance in his side's 4-1 win over Huesca. Ben Church, CNN, "'Best player in the world:' Barca boss Ronald Koeman praises Lionel Messi after record-equaling appearance," 16 Mar. 2021 On the offensive end, the Wildcats’ Lindsey Pulliam put together a vintage performance: 28 points on 12-of-23 shooting, mixing in her patented midrange jumper, improved 3-pointer and soft touch in the lane. Andrew Golden,, "No. 21 Northwestern women win 4th straight, cruising past Illinois 73-54," 22 Jan. 2021 Opting for vintage pieces instead of new ones is one way of abiding those concerns. Hahna Yoon, New York Times, "‘Minari’ Showcases Today’s South Korean Fashion," 24 Apr. 2021 That said, like most vintage pieces that come back in fashion, these roomy numbers aren’t just available on the secondhand market. Eliza Huber,, "Parachute Pants Are Back — & They’re Coming For Your Sweatpants," 13 Apr. 2021 Her Instagram feed also feels like a fashion mood board—bold prints, playful pattern mixing, vintage pieces that aren't costume-y, all the hallmarks of someone who actually has fun with clothes are there. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Saturday Night Live Star Heidi Gardner's Secret to a Good Night's Sleep," 2 Apr. 2021

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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 16 May. 2021.

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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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