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; antiquated.
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), antiqued, antiquing.
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), antiqued, antiquing.
to shop for or collect antiques: She spent her vacation antiquing in Boston.

1520–30; earlier also anticke (< Middle French antique) < Latin antīiquus, antīicus in front, existing earler, ancient; compare antic posticum

antiquely, adverb
antiqueness, noun
pseudoantique, adjective, noun
quasi-antique, adjective
subantique, adjective
subantiquely, adverb
subantiqueness, noun

antic, antique.

1. bygone, archaic. 2. old, obsolete, obsolescent. See ancient1. Unabridged
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antique (ænˈtiːk)
1.  a.  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
 b.  (as modifier): an antique shop
2.  any object made in an earlier period
3.  the antique the style of ancient art, esp Greek or Roman art, or an example of it
4.  made in or in the style of an earlier period
5.  of or belonging to the distant past, esp of or in the style of ancient Greece or Rome
6.  informal old-fashioned; out-of-date
7.  archaic aged or venerable
8.  (of paper) not calendered or coated; having a rough surface
9.  (tr) to give an antique appearance to
[C16: from Latin antīquus ancient, from ante before]

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Word Origin & History

1530s, from M.Fr. antique (14c.), from L. antiquus "former, ancient," from PIE *anti in sense of "before" (locative singular of *ant- "front, forehead") + *okw- "appearance." The noun meaning "an old and collectible thing" is from 1771; the verb meaning "to give an antique appearance to" is from 1923.
Originally pronounced in English like its parallel antic, but French pronunciation was eventually adopted.
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a relic or old object having aesthetic, historic, and financial value. Formerly, it referred only to the remains of the classical cultures of Greece and Rome; gradually, decorative arts-courtly, bourgeois, and peasant-of all past eras and places came to be considered antique.

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Example sentences
Purely ornamental as they may seem now, decorative antique boxes hold the key
  to the social customs of an older culture.
His eyes twinkle as he praises the properties of witch-hazel and displays a set
  of antique razors.
As this cluster of gerberas shows, the technique results in colors and textures
  that exude an antique romance.
Contact a museum or reputable antique dealer about it.
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