- of or belonging to the past; not modern.
- dating from a period long ago: antique furniture.
- noting or pertaining to automobiles approximately 25 years old or more.
- in the tradition, fashion, or style of an earlier period; old-fashioned; antiquated.
- of or belonging to the ancient Greeks and Romans.
- (of paper) neither calendered nor coated and having a rough surface.
- any work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or the like, created or produced in a former period, or, according to U.S. customs laws, 100 years before date of purchase.
- the antique style, usually Greek or Roman, especially in art.
- Printing. a style of type.
- to make or finish (something, especially furniture) in imitation of antiques.
- to emboss (an image, design, letters, or the like) on paper or fabric.
- to shop for or collect antiques: She spent her vacation antiquing in Boston.
Origin of antique
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Examples from the Web for antique
The library in Williamsburg itself is illuminated with antique filament bulbs and everything inside is of the past or a nod to it.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
Fully when I got that call I was at an antique mall with my mom.
She was in a Chicago antique mall with her mom when she found out she got the audition.
For $4, he bought an antique picture frame and everything it contained.7 Historically Significant Artifacts Rescued by Happenstance
The Daily Beast
October 24, 2014
Dusty books, smoking pipes, tarot cards, and a Ouija board fill the antique furniture positioning any object as a clue.Escape the Room—New York's Hottest Game
September 15, 2014
They are what modern life has contributed to the antique ideal of friendship.De Profundis
So far she had only been set to do landscape, and laborious drawings of casts from the antique.The Incomplete Amorist
As Raphael is supposed to have said, all that was lacking to him was knowledge of the antique.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
And for art-lovers, what perennial beauty of an antique art is here.
Here, indeed, is an up-to-date hermit, not an antique troglodyte.
- a decorative object, piece of furniture, or other work of art created in an earlier period, that is collected and valued for its beauty, workmanship, and age
- (as modifier)an antique shop
- any object made in an earlier period
- the antique the style of ancient art, esp Greek or Roman art, or an example of it
- made in or in the style of an earlier period
- of or belonging to the distant past, esp of or in the style of ancient Greece or Rome
- informal old-fashioned; out-of-date
- archaic aged or venerable
- (of paper) not calendered or coated; having a rough surface
- (tr) to give an antique appearance to
Word Origin and History for antique
1530s, "aged, venerable," from Middle French antique "old" (14c.), from Latin antiquus (later anticus) "ancient, former, of olden times; old, long in existence, aged; venerable; old-fashioned," from PIE *anti in sense of "before" (see ante) + *okw- "appearance" (see eye (n.)). Originally pronounced in English like its parallel antic, but French pronunciation and spelling were adopted from c.1700.
"an old and collectible thing," 1771, from antique (adj.).
"to give an antique appearance to," 1896, from antique (adj.). Related: Antiqued; antiquing.