Definition of antique in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /anˈtēk/


A collectible object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its considerable age: Pauline loves collecting antiques [as modifier]: an antique dealer
More example sentences
  • A wide selection of quality antiques and collectables for sale.
  • His hobbies include collecting antiques, hats and matches, opera, golf and of course, his horses.
  • It's huge, vast, echoing, filled with pieces of Bali, antiques, art pieces, a huge chair collection.
collector's item, period piece, antiquity, heirloom


1(Of a collectible object) having a high value because of considerable age: an antique clock
More example sentences
  • Get your antique treasures valued as part of Hextable Heritage Centre's annual heritage day.
  • Very old pieces with their original finish should usually not be repainted or refinished as you may remove the indications of their authenticity and antique value.
  • Her technique has a photographic quality that mimics antique silver gelatin prints.
1.1(Of a method of finishing a wooden surface) intended to resemble the appearance of antique furniture: bookshelves with an antique finish
More example sentences
  • The distinctive finish on these mouldings is hand applied to create an antique appearance.
  • All elements are placed on antique looking furniture, teapoys, plant stands and traditional Irani chairs.
  • The crevices of the bead or charm are darkened to give it an antique appearance.
old, antiquarian, collectable, old-fashioned
2Belonging to ancient times: statues of antique gods
More example sentences
  • Upon them sat antique pots holding ancient plants nobly maintaining their vainglory and smugness as they grew greedily towards the late summer sunshine.
  • During these centuries scores of collectors who saw themselves as connoisseurs of ancient civilizations brought antique marbles to England.
  • He prized antique and ancient things and artifacts.
ancient, of long ago
literary of yore
2.1Old-fashioned or outdated: trade unions defending antique work practices
More example sentences
  • It's very pretty… looks somewhat antique and old-fashioned.
  • Unimpeded by antique censorship codes or outdated moral guidelines, they lent a painful emotional truth and sometimes savage sexual energy to characters who lived on the edge.
  • The Post Office Room features a collection of antique telephones including old-fashioned manual exchanges.
2.2often humorous Showing signs of great age or wear: an antique divorcee in reduced circumstances
More example sentences
  • Even though his vision could have easily been corrected he preferred to wear an antique pair of glasses.
  • Musetta, looking like an overdressed silent-movie vamp, drives up with her ancient admirer in a sputtering antique automobile.
  • Pinako’s teeth were gritted, biting her pipe, and her frown was making even more wrinkles appear on her antique face.


1 (antiques, antiquing, antiqued) [with object] (usually as adjective antiqued) Make (something) resemble an antique by artificial means: an antiqued door
More example sentences
  • Bronze, pewter and antiqued gold are all in the fashion frame, too, and will come over as breathtakingly sophisticated at any age.
  • Oh and the inside is completely antiqued except for Rob's room, my room and my dad's big screen TV smack in the middle of my mom's ‘foyer’.
  • I got her some letterpress stationery and I bought a reproduction campaign writing lap desk, and antiqued it, and carved her name in the lid.
2 (go antiquing) Shop in stores where antiques are sold: we would often go antiquing in search of furnishings
More example sentences
  • She gave me her sister's phone number but they were going antiquing, and you know Evangeline and antiques.
  • Little things about him make me feel all warm and fuzzy: one day we went antiquing, and he was in one place in the shop while I was looking at vintage clothes in another.
  • After checking out of our room we decided to go antiquing, boarding the number 14 bus on Kapahulu for the 10-minute ride north.


Late 15th century (as an adjective): from Latin antiquus, anticus 'former, ancient', from ante 'before'.

Words that rhyme with antique

batik, beak, bespeak, bezique, bleak, boutique, cacique, caïque, cheek, chic, clique, creak, creek, critique, Dominique, eke, freak, geek, Greek, hide-and-seek, keek, Lalique, leak, leek, Martinique, meek, midweek, Mozambique, Mustique, mystique, oblique, opéra comique, ortanique, peak, Peake, peek, physique, pique, pratique, reek, seek, shriek, Sikh, sleek, sneak, speak, Speke, squeak, streak, teak, technique, tongue-in-cheek, tweak, unique, veronique, weak, week, wreak

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: an·tique

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.