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/ ænˈtik /
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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.
verb (used with object), an·tiqued, an·ti·quing.
to make or finish (something, especially furniture) in imitation of antiques.
to emboss (an image, design, letters, or the like) on paper or fabric.
verb (used without object), an·tiqued, an·ti·quing.
to shop for or collect antiques: She spent her vacation antiquing in Boston.
OTHER WORDS FOR antique
2 old, obsolete, obsolescent.
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Origin of antique
synonym study for antique
2. See ancient1.
OTHER WORDS FROM antique
an·tique·ly, adverban·tique·ness, nounpseu·do·an·tique, adjective, nounqua·si-an·tique, adjective
sub·an·tique, adjectivesub·an·tique·ly, adverbsub·an·tique·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH antiqueantic, antique
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How to use antique in a sentence
Gazing into the windows of Elbé, the Paris shop selling affiches de voyages — antique travel posters — makes these past few months recede like a bad dream.In a gray, empty Paris, this corner shop’s colorful posters transport you wherever you want to go|Lily Radziemski|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
It’s a 20th-century antique that, when foiled by 21st-century factors, can send us back to the 19th century, when Thomas Edison’s company built coal-fired dynamos on Pearl Street to illuminate Lower Manhattan.The grid leaves us powerless|Dan Zak|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
The rest comes from walk-ins with special requests such as a bridal gown or antique rug.Parkway Cleaners fuels growth through innovation and custom work|Thomas Heath|January 31, 2021|Washington Post
In the Tapestry Gallery at Biltmore, Borchers incorporates teal and gold streaming ribbons on the tree, which tie in the room’s featured antique tapestries.Seven ways to elevate your holiday decorating, according to the pros at Biltmore|Virginia Brown|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
At his farm, there’s also an antique tractor customers can ride.Christmas trees are getting more expensive as Americans remain homebound|Rachel King|December 2, 2020|Fortune
British Dictionary definitions for antique
/ (ænˈtiːk) /
- 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 for antique
C16: from Latin antīquus ancient, from ante before
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