[ an-teek ]
/ ænˈtik /
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.
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.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for antiquing
/ (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informal old-fashioned; out-of-date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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