from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To give the appearance of an antique to: antiqued an oak chest.
  • intransitive v. To hunt or shop for antiques.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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 Old, used especially of furniture and household items; out of date.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. An old person.
  • v. To shop for antiques; to search for antiques.
  • v. To make an object appear to be an antique in some way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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 The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from Latin antīquus; see ant- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French antique ("ancient, old"), from Latin antiquus ("former, earlier, ancient, old"), from ante ("before"); see ante- and antic.



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