an·​tique | \ (ˌ)an-ˈtēk How to pronounce antique (audio) , in verse often ˈan-tik \

Definition of antique

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : existing since or belonging to earlier times : ancient antique trade routes to India
2a : being in the style or fashion of former times antique manners and graces
b : made in or representative of the work of an earlier period antique mirrors also : being an antique
3 : selling or exhibiting antiques an antique show


an·​tique | \ (ˌ)an-ˈtēk How to pronounce antique (audio) \

Definition of antique (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a relic or object of ancient times
2a : a work of art, piece of furniture, or decorative object made at an earlier period and according to various customs laws at least 100 years ago
b : a manufactured product (such as an automobile) from an earlier period


an·​tique | \ (ˌ)an-ˈtēk How to pronounce antique (audio) \
antiqued; antiquing

Definition of antique (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to finish or refinish in antique style : give an appearance of age to antique a table

intransitive verb

: to shop around for antiques

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antiquer \ an-​ˈtē-​kər How to pronounce antique (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for antique

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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old, ancient, venerable, antique, antiquated, archaic, obsolete mean having come into existence or use in the more or less distant past. old may apply to either actual or merely relative length of existence. old houses an old sweater of mine ancient applies to occurrence, existence, or use in or survival from the distant past. ancient accounts of dragons venerable stresses the impressiveness and dignity of great age. the family's venerable patriarch antique applies to what has come down from a former or ancient time. collected antique Chippendale furniture antiquated implies being discredited or outmoded or otherwise inappropriate to the present time. antiquated teaching methods archaic implies having the character or characteristics of a much earlier time. the play used archaic language to convey a sense of period obsolete may apply to something regarded as no longer acceptable or useful even though it is still in existence. a computer that makes earlier models obsolete

Examples of antique in a Sentence

Adjective studied shards from antique pots made by the Pueblos of the Southwest loved to collect antique sugar tongs Noun That car is an antique. their house is filled with rare antiques, including a collection of 19th-century African masks
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While every guest room and suite comes adorned with antique furniture along with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf or the Dubai Skyline, the resort is also home to a collection of villas ranging from 10,225 square feet to 11,302 square feet. Michelle Gross, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Larry spends his days greeting guests to the house, inspecting security defenses and testing antique furniture for napping quality. Washington Post, 1 May 2021 Heller and Himmel began by purchasing antique furniture from estate sales or second-hand stores, painting and refinishing their purchases, and then selling their work. cleveland, 29 Apr. 2021 What are the names trending now in antique furniture? Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Apr. 2021 The couple filled the home with antique furniture and art, piecing an extensive collection together from their travels and from auctions. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2021 Barry, a local history buff and avid antique collector, says the pipe is cast iron, and those pipes were commonly used 50 to 100 years ago., 6 Oct. 2021 The pale color of the wall panels, interspersed with faux antique mirrors, resemble the hue of blanquette de veau. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, 27 Sep. 2021 The coffee table inspired by the client's collection of antique game boards was designed to anchor the room. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 27 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And rightly so: Teslas make anything with a tailpipe feel like an antique. Dan Neil, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 In 1968, London Bridge became the world’s largest antique ever bought and sold. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 29 Sep. 2021 Embrace an antique feel with a matte or chalky finish, or choose a glossy sheen for extra brilliance. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Sep. 2021 Hunt for a special antique, or vintage clothing, mid-century home decor and rare accessories. oregonlive, 22 Sep. 2021 The family of a Cullman antique dealer is urging people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 after medical workers were forced to transport him to a free hospital bed nearly 200 miles away from his home. William Thornton |, al, 9 Sep. 2021 Set between kitchen and dining areas, a bar backed with an Armand Lee antique mirror reflects art by David Matthew King. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 10 June 2021 If the antique and crafts show proves to be a success, Lamb hinted the event could become an annual affair. John Benson, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2021 To fulfill this wish, Mayhew sourced pieces from local antique and used furniture stores, reupholstering many items in fabrics that resembled styles from the 1950s and 1960s, and refinishing tables, armoires, and china cabinets. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 16 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plan your Lakeside Chautauqua day of antiquing for Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lakeside Antique Show celebrates its 59th year of offering a scenic lake view, along with fabulous dealers and outstanding heirlooms. Brenda Yenke,, 22 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the designers incorporated another element of American history with the wheat-motif dining chairs, rare models Rush and Klaus found while antiquing in the southeast. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 7 Aug. 2019 Matte, polished, antiqued and brushed give home decorators many options to provide interest and depth. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2019 For instance, instead of a basic mirror and hook, add a fanciful detail like these antiqued mirrored hooks for jewelry and your room key. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, 29 July 2019 There are now hundreds of affinity cruises appealing to any number of interests, from antiquing to stargazing to photography to mystery novels. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 July 2019 The new look is pale and cool, with floor tiles in faded green pattern, antiqued green chairs and pretty layered white hanging lamp fixtures. Polly Campbell,, 20 June 2018 On trend right now are satin or brushed nickels and warmer antiqued brass. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, 6 Apr. 2018 Matte, polished, antiqued and brushed give home decorators many options to provide interest and depth. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of antique


1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for antique

Adjective, Noun, and Verb

Middle French, from Latin antiquus, from ante before — more at ante-

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English Language Learners Definition of antique

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: belonging to an earlier period, style, or fashion : old and often valuable



English Language Learners Definition of antique (Entry 2 of 2)

: art, furniture, jewelry, etc., that was made at an earlier time and is often valuable


an·​tique | \ an-ˈtēk How to pronounce antique (audio) \

Kids Definition of antique

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an object (as a piece of furniture) made at an earlier time



Kids Definition of antique (Entry 2 of 2)

: belonging to or like a former style or fashion antique lamps

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