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Princeton's WordNet

  1. old-timer, oldtimer, gaffer, old geezer, antiquenoun

    an elderly man

  2. antiqueadjective

    any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity

  3. antiqueadjective

    made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age

    "the beautiful antique French furniture"

  4. antique, demode, ex, old-fashioned, old-hat(p), outmoded, passe, passeeadjective

    out of fashion

    "a suit of rather antique appearance"; "demode (or outmoded) attire"; "outmoded ideas"

  5. age-old, antiqueverb

    belonging to or lasting from times long ago

    "age-old customs"; "the antique fear that days would dwindle away to complete darkness"

  6. antiqueverb

    shop for antiques

    "We went antiquing on Saturday"

  7. antique, antiquateverb

    give an antique appearance to

    "antique furniture"


  1. antiquenoun

    An old piece of furniture, household item, or other similar item.

  2. antiquenoun

    An old person.

  3. antiqueverb

    To shop for antiques; to search for antiques.

  4. antiqueverb

    To make an object appear to be an antique in some way.

  5. antiqueadjective

    Old, used especially of furniture and household items; out of date.

  6. Etymology: From antique, from Latin antiquus, from ante; see ante- and antic.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ANTIQUEadjective

    Etymology: antique, Fr. antiquus, Lat.

    Now, good Cesario, but that piece of song,
    That old and antique song we heard last night. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    Such truth in love as th’ antique world did know,
    In such a stile as courts might boast of now. Edmund Waller.

    The seals which we have remaining of Julius Cæsar, which we know to be antique, have the star of Venus over them. John Dryden, Virgil’s Æneis, Pref.

    My copper lamps at any rate,
    For being true antique I bought;
    Yet wisely melted down my plate,
    On modern models to be wrought;
    And trifles I alike pursue,
    Because they’re old, because they’re new. Matthew Prior.

    Forth came that ancient lord and aged queen,
    Array’d in antique robes down to the ground.
    And sad habiliments right well beseen. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Must he no more divert the tedious day?
    Nor sparkling thoughts in antique words convey? Edmund Smith, to the Memory of Philips.

    Name not these living death-heads unto me;
    For these not ancient but antique be. John Donne.

    And sooner may a gulling weather-spy
    By drawing forth heav’n’s scheme, tell certainly
    What fashion’d hats or ruffs, or suits next year,
    Our giddy-headed antique youth will wear. John Donne.

  2. Antiquenoun

    An antiquity; a remain of ancient times; an ancient rarity.

    Etymology: from antique, adj.

    I leave to Edward, now early of Oxford, my seal of Julius Cæsar; as also another seal, supposed to be a young Hercules; both very choice antiques, and set in gold. Jonathan Swift, Last Will.


  1. Antique

    An antique (Latin: antiquus; 'old', 'ancient') is an item perceived as having value because of its aesthetic or historical significance, and often defined as at least 100 years old (or some other limit), although the term is often used loosely to describe any object that is old. An antique is usually an item that is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human history. Vintage and collectible are used to describe items that are old, but do not meet the 100-year criterion.Antiques are usually objects of the decorative arts that show some degree of craftsmanship, collectability, or an attention to design, such as a desk or an early automobile. They are bought at antiques shops, estate sales, auction houses, online auctions, and other venues, or estate inherited. Antiques dealers often belong to national trade associations, many of which belong to CINOA, a confederation of art and antique associations across 21 countries that represents 5,000 dealers.


  1. antique

    An antique is an old collectible item that is valued for its aesthetic, historical, or unique significance. It is often more than 100 years old and can range from furniture, art, jewelry, to various other decorative or functional items. The value of an antique is typically determined by factors such as its age, rarity, condition, and the degree of craftsmanship or artistry involved in its creation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Antiqueadjective

    old; ancient; of genuine antiquity; as, an antique statue. In this sense it usually refers to the flourishing ages of Greece and Rome

  2. Antiqueadjective

    old, as respects the present age, or a modern period of time; of old fashion; antiquated; as, an antique robe

  3. Antiqueadjective

    made in imitation of antiquity; as, the antique style of Thomson's "Castle of Indolence."

  4. Antiqueadjective

    odd; fantastic

  5. Antiqueadjective

    in general, anything very old; but in a more limited sense, a relic or object of ancient art; collectively, the antique, the remains of ancient art, as busts, statues, paintings, and vases

  6. Etymology: [F. See Antique, a. ]


  1. Antique

    Antique was a Swedish-Greek singing duo consisting of Elena Paparizou and Nikos Panagiotidis originating from Sweden which combined Greek popular music and lyrics with a Nordic dance pop beat. Both Paparizou and Panagiotidis were born and raised in Sweden by Greek parents. They were the first ever to be nominated for a Swedish Grammis in the category modern dance with a Greek song. In 2001 Antique were selected to represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen with the song "Die for You", sung in a blend of English and Greek, ending with a third place – behind only Estonia and hosts Denmark.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Antique

    an-tēk′, adj. ancient: of a good old age, olden (now generally rhetorical in a good sense): old-fashioned, after the manner of the ancients.—n. anything very old: ancient relics: an American name for a kind of type of thick and bold face in which the lines are of equal thickness—Egyptian in England.—v.t. An′tiquate, to make antique, old, or obsolete: to put out of use:—pr.p. an′tiquāting; pa.p. an′tiquāted.—adj. An′tiquated, grown old, or out of fashion: obsolete: superannuated.—n. Antiquā′tion, the making obsolete: abrogation: obsoleteness.—adv. Antique′ly.—n. Antique′ness.—adj. Antiq′uish, somewhat antique.—The Antique, ancient work in art, the style of ancient art. [Fr.—L. antiquus, old, ancient—ante, before.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of antique in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of antique in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of antique in a Sentence

  1. John Cruden:

    Each illegally traded horn or tusk represents not an antique object but a dead animal. Wildlife trafficking entails poaching, bribery, smuggling and organized crime.

  2. Scott Defrin:

    They've basically ruined the collective antique trade, is this really something that will stop poor African people from killing elephants?

  3. Gavin Newsom:

    Democracy is not a football. You don't throw it around, it's more like a, I don't know, antique vase. You can drop it and smash it in a million different pieces.

  4. Qais Hussain Rashid:

    They cut these reliefs and sell them to criminals and antique dealers, usually they cut off the head, leaving the legs, because the head is the valuable part.

  5. Sandeep Khandelwal:

    Simplicity is the end, and not the beginning, of design, we developed clean and uncluttered interiors, weaving in ancient metal jaalis screens, antique brass embossing, block printed fabrics and hand-picked artifacts.

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