Definition of "antique" []

  • Belonging to, made in, or typical of an earlier period. See Synonyms at old. (adjective)
  • Of or belonging to ancient times, especially of, from, or characteristic of ancient Greece or Rome. (adjective)
  • Of or dealing in antiques. (adjective)
  • Old-fashioned: wore a suit of rather antique appearance. (adjective)
  • An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item or piece of furniture or handicraft esteemed for its artistry, beauty, or period of origin. (noun)
  • 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 (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Any object made in an earlier period (noun)
  • Made in or in the style of an earlier period (adjective)
  • Of or belonging to the distant past, esp of or in the style of ancient Greece or Rome (adjective)
  • Old-fashioned; out-of-date (adjective)
  • Aged or venerable (adjective)
  • (of paper) not calendered or coated; having a rough surface (adjective)
  • To give an antique appearance to (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "antique" in a sentence
  • "When people hear the term antique art, people usually think of paintings."
  • "Quite a few of these old booklets can still be found in antique stores, or online bookstores."
  • "Horchow is a design company specialized in antique decorating ideas."