- of or belonging to the past; not modern.
- dating from a period long ago: antique furniture.
- noting or pertaining to automobiles approximately 25 years old or more.
- in the tradition, fashion, or style of an earlier period; old-fashioned; .
- of or belonging to the ancient Greeks and Romans.
- (of paper) neither calendered nor coated and having a rough surface.
- any work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or the like, created or produced in a former period, or, according to U.S. customs laws, 100 years before date of purchase.
- the antique style, usually Greek or Roman, especially in art.
- Printing. a style of type.
verb (used with object), an·tiqued, an·ti·quing.
- to make or finish (something, especially furniture) in imitation of antiques.
- to emboss (an image, design, letters, or the like) on paper or fabric.
verb (used without object), an·tiqued, an·ti·quing.
- to shop for or collect antiques: She spent her vacation antiquing in Boston.
- 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
- (as modifier)an antique shop
- any object made in an earlier period
- the antique the style of ancient art, esp Greek or Roman art, or an example of it
- made in or in the style of an earlier period
- of or belonging to the distant past, esp of or in the style of ancient Greece or Rome
- informal old-fashioned; out-of-date
- archaic aged or venerable
- (of paper) not calendered or coated; having a rough surface
- (tr) to give an antique appearance to
1530s, “aged, venerable,” from Middle French antique “old” (14c.), from Latin antiquus (later anticus) “ancient, former, of olden times; old, long in existence, aged; venerable; old-fashioned,” from PIE *anti in sense of “before” (see ) + *okw- “appearance” (see (n.)). Originally pronounced in English like its parallel , but French pronunciation and spelling were adopted from c.1700.
“an old and collectible thing,” 1771, from(adj.).
“to give an antique appearance to,” 1896, from Antiqued; antiquing.(adj.). Related: