of or belonging to the past; not modern.
dating from a period long ago: antique furniture.
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.
- an·tique·ly, adverb
- an·tique·ness, noun
- pseu·do·an·tique, adjective, noun
- qua·si-an·tique, adjective
- sub·an·tique, adjective
- sub·an·tique·ly, adverb
- sub·an·tique·ness, noun
- antic, antique
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How to use antique in a sentence
Cummings, a retired antique store owner, moved from Newton and found ideological kinship just across the county line, in rural and ever-redder Jasper.In neighboring Georgia counties, election revealed a growing divide that mirrors the nation | Haisten Willis, Griff Witte | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
In this line of thinking, it’s okay to chuckle when Borat destroys an antique shop’s goods in the first film because the owner has some Confederate paraphernalia.You should side with Borat’s victims, not mock them | Sonny Bunch | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Chuck and Lucius brought a Victorian hamper filled with fine china plates, Austrian crystal, silver, and antique damask napkins.To Find Hope in American Cooking, James Beard Looked to the West Coast | John Birdsall | October 2, 2020 | Eater
Although the cabin is off the grid, you can plug in at the main house, and there’s warm water for showers and the antique bathtub on the porch.
The metal is finished in an antique bronze color, and comes fully assembled.Wine bottle holders and racks that make sophisticated gifts | PopSci Commerce Team | September 29, 2020 | Popular-Science
The library in Williamsburg itself is illuminated with antique filament bulbs and everything inside is of the past or a nod to it.
Fully when I got that call I was at an antique mall with my mom.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star | Kevin Fallon | October 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was in a Chicago antique mall with her mom when she found out she got the audition.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star | Kevin Fallon | October 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
We need to talk about economic fairness, even justice—an antique-sounding but still important word—not economic diversity.
It was an antique, half-Gothic, half-Saracenic looking edifice, which they now approached.
It is architecturally more pleasing and its windows are among the finest examples of antique stained glass in the Kingdom.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Pictures, tapestry, antique articles of furniture which had been in the house for centuries still remained.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
On the front of the house was an ancient sun-dial, and across it, in antique letters, the legend "Time will show."British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
The germs of a new life, says Dr. Lbke, were in embryo in the dying antique world.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
British Dictionary definitions for antique
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
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