Nearby words

  1. antiquark,
  2. antiquary,
  3. antiquate,
  4. antiquated,
  5. antiquation,
  6. antique glass,
  7. antiqued,
  8. antiquely,
  9. antiquer,
  10. antiquey

Origin of antique

1520–30; earlier also anticke (< Middle French antique) < Latin antīiquus, antīicus in front, existing earler, ancient; cf. antic, posticum

Related forms
Can be confusedantic antique

Synonym study

2. See ancient1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for antique

British Dictionary definitions for antique



  1. 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
  2. (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informal old-fashioned; out-of-date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 for antique

C16: from Latin antīquus ancient, from ante before

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Word Origin and History for antique
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