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antique Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an elderly man
    old geezer; old-timer; gaffer; oldtimer.
  2. noun any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity
  3. verb shop for antiques
    • We went antiquing on Saturday
  4. verb give an antique appearance to
    • antique furniture
  5. adjective satellite made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age
    • the beautiful antique French furniture
  6. adjective satellite out of fashion
    demode; old-hat; ex; passee; passe; outmoded; old-fashioned.
    • a suit of rather antique appearance
    • demode (or outmoded) attire
    • outmoded ideas
  7. adjective satellite belonging to or lasting from times long ago
    • age-old customs
    • the antique fear that days would dwindle away to complete darkness

An*tique" adjective
F., fr. L. antiquus old, ancient, equiv. to anticus, from ante before. Cf. Antic.
  1. Old; ancient; of genuine antiquity; as, an antique statue. In this sense it usually refers to the flourishing ages of Greece and Rome.
    For the antique world excess and pride did hate. Spenser.
  2. Old, as respects the present age, or a modern period of time; of old fashion; antiquated; as, an antique robe. "Antique words." Spenser.
  3. Made in imitation of antiquity; as, the antique style of Thomson's "Castle of Indolence."
  4. Odd; fantastic. In this sense, written antic. Syn. -- Ancient; antiquated; obsolete; antic; old-fashioned; old. See Ancient.
An*tique" noun
F. See Antique, a.
  1. 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.
    Misshapen monuments and maimed antiques. Byron.

Webster 1913

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