antique Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun an elderly man
old geezer; old-timer; gaffer; oldtimer.
noun any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity
verb shop for antiques
- We went antiquing on Saturday
verb give an antique appearance to
- antique furniture
adjective satellite made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age
- the beautiful antique French furniture
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
adjective satellite belonging to or lasting from times long ago
- age-old customs
- the antique fear that days would dwindle away to complete darkness
EtymologyF., fr. L.
Old; ancient; of genuine antiquity; as, an. In this sense it usually refers to the flourishing ages of Greece and Rome. antiquestatue
For the antique world excess and pride did hate. Spenser.
Old, as respects the present age, or a modern period of time; of old fashion; antiquated;"Antique words." Spenser. as, an. antiquerobe
Made in imitation of antiquity; as, the." antiquestyle of Thomson's "Castle of Indolence
Odd; fantastic. In this sense, written antic. Syn. -- Ancient; antiquated; obsolete; antic; old-fashioned; old. See Ancient.
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.
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