American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Belonging to, made in, or typical of an earlier period. See Synonyms at old.
- adj. Of or belonging to ancient times, especially of, from, or characteristic of ancient Greece or Rome.
- adj. Of or dealing in antiques.
- adj. Old-fashioned: wore a suit of rather antique appearance.
- n. 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.
- n. The style or manner of ancient times, especially that of ancient Greek or Roman art: an admirer of the antique.
- v. To give the appearance of an antique to: antiqued an oak chest.
- v. To hunt or shop for antiques.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having existed in ancient times; belonging to or having come down from antiquity; ancient: often specifically referring to Greece and Rome: as, an antique statue.
- Belonging to former times, as contrasted with modern; having the form and characteristics of an earlier day; of old fashion: as, an antique robe.
- Fantastic; fanciful; odd; wild; antic. See antic, 4.
- In bookbinding, embossed without gold.
- n. The style or manner of ancient times, specifically of Greek and Roman antiquity: used especially of art. In this sense used only in the singular, and preceded by the definite article: as, fond of the antique; copied from the antique.
- n. Any relic of antiquity; specifically, an example of Greek or Roman art, especially in sculpture.
- n. The name given by American type-founders to a style of type of thick and bold face, of the regular Roman model, in which all lines are of equal or nearly equal thickness: called Egyptian by British type-founders. The type used for title-words in this dictionary is condensed antique.
- adj. Old, used especially of furniture and household items; out of date.
- n. An old piece of furniture, household item, or other similar item.
- n. figuratively, mildly pejorative An old person.
- v. intransitive To shop for antiques; to search for antiques.
- v. transitive To make an object appear to be an antique in some way.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Old; ancient; of genuine antiquity. In this sense it usually refers to the flourishing ages of Greece and Rome.
- adj. Old, as respects the present age, or a modern period of time; of old fashion; antiquated.
- adj. Made in imitation of antiquity.”
- adj. Odd; fantastic.
- n. 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.
- adj. made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age
- n. any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity
- adj. out of fashion
- v. give an antique appearance to
- adj. belonging to or lasting from times long ago
- v. shop for antiques
- n. an elderly man
- From French antique ("ancient, old"), from Latin antiquus ("former, earlier, ancient, old"), from ante ("before"); see ante- and antic. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Latin antīquus; see ant- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“From that point forward I made an effort to look inside old cameras whenever we would stop in antique stores and Sunday flea markets.”
“My first and second job was working in antique malls.”
“(I still need to get the stickers off the front; way to ruin antique furniture, five-year-old me.)”
“I was wondering where you get teacups like this, as I don't usually see them in antique stores.”
“When you say you want to "trace", are you trying to ID the locations in antique photos you have?”
“I don't collect it any more as I have a large number of pieces and it's rarely encountered any more in American antique shops, having become, as they say, "very collectible" with prices soaring to match.”
“This witch ball, an antique, is one of the decorative, bright types of witch balls which you can still find today all over the internet.”
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