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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 ante) + *okw- "appearance" (see eye (n.)). Originally pronounced in English like its parallel antic, but French pronunciation and spelling were adopted from c.1700.
"an old and collectible thing," 1771, from antique (adj.).
"to give an antique appearance to," 1896, from antique (adj.). Related: Antiqued; antiquing.
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.