Definition of antique in English:


Line breaks: an|tique
Pronunciation: /anˈtiːk



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  • 1Having a high value because of age and quality: an antique clock
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    • 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.
  • 1.1Intended to resemble the appearance of high-quality old furniture: bookshelves with an antique finish
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    • 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.

verb (antiques, antiquing, antiqued)

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  • Make (something) resemble an antique by artificial means: sanding will change the lustre of the sanded spot, especially if the finish has been antiqued
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    • 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.


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

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