noun, plural an·te·lopes, (especially collectively) an·te·lope.

any of several ruminants of the family Bovidae, chiefly of Africa and Asia, having permanent, hollow, unbranched horns.
leather made from the hide of such an animal.

Origin of antelope

1400–50; late Middle English antelop < Middle French < Medieval Latin antalopus < Medieval Greek anthólops a fabulous beast described by Eustathius of Antioch (died 337); orig. of word unknown
Related formsan·te·lo·pi·an, an·te·lo·pine [an-tl-oh-pin, -pahyn] /ˌæn tlˈoʊ pɪn, -paɪn/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of antelope

  • If I bear marks, y'ought to see the antelope; and the sulky!

  • The Antelope droves are nearly gone; Hound and lead were too much for them.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • I vote we leave the antelope where it is for the present, and shoot a few chicken for dinner.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • A dozen of Alf's prairie chicken will not be equal to an antelope—if I get him!

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • And we are as likely now to uncover a war party as a herd of antelope.

    The Mountain Divide

    Frank H. Spearman

British Dictionary definitions for antelope


noun plural -lopes or -lope

any bovid mammal of the subfamily Antilopinae, of Africa and Asia. They are typically graceful, having long legs and horns, and include the gazelles, springbok, impala, gerenuk, blackbuck, and dik-diks
any of various similar bovids of Africa and Asia
American antelope another name for pronghorn

Word Origin for antelope

C15: from Old French antelop, from Medieval Latin antalopus, from Late Greek antholops a legendary beast
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Word Origin and History for antelope

early 15c., from Old French antelop, from Medieval Latin ant(h)alopus (11c.), from Greek antholops (attested in Eusebius of Antioch, c.336 C.E.), a fabulous animal haunting the banks of the Euphrates, very savage, hard to catch and having long saw-like horns capable of cutting down trees. Original sense and language unknown (it looks like Greek "flower-eye," as if from anthos + ops, but that may be a result of Greek folk etymology). A heraldic animal, also known in Medieval Latin as talopus and calopus, the name was applied c.1600 to a living type of deer-like mammal. In the western U.S., it is used in reference to the pronghorn.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper