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    Old, used especially of furniture and household items; out of date.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

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. William Golding:

    Among the virtues and vices that make up the British character, we have one vice, at least, that Americans ought to view with sympathy. For they appear to be the only people who share it with us. I mean our worship of the antique. I do not refer to beauty or even historical association. I refer to age, to a quantity of years.

  2. Mary Carmack-Altwies:

    It was a legit gun, it was an antique, era-appropriate gun.

  3. 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.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    I often think of Shelley's famous insightful sonnet "Ozymandias" that brilliantly depicts the inevitable fall of all foolishly arrogant leaders and their huge empires built in pretensions to their self-proclaimed greatness. Nature and Time always prevail and overtake ultimately, when nothing remains of those great empires or the arrogant leaders.....and only the lone and level sands stretch far away. Vanity, false pride and arrogance never win, in my view. Humility is the true key success. Here is that famous sonnet "Ozymandias" by Percy Shelley, written in January 1818, nearly 200 years ago. "I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.

  5. Scott Defrin:

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

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