- A collectable object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its age and quality: Pauline loves collecting antiques [as modifier]: an antique dealerMore 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.
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- 1Having a high value because of age and quality: an antique clockMore 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.
- 1.1Intended to resemble the appearance of high-quality old furniture: bookshelves with an antique finishMore 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.
- 2Belonging to ancient times: statues of antique godsMore 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.
- 2.1Old-fashioned or outdated: antique work practicesMore example sentences
out of date, outdated, outmoded, old-fashioned, archaic, antiquated, anachronistic, ancient, antediluvian, superannuated, outworn, behind the times, primitive, medieval, quaint, old-fangled, obsolescent, obsolete, prehistoric; French passéBritish • informal past its/one's sell-by date
- 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- Unimpeded by antique censorship codes or outdated moral guidelines, they lent a painful emotional truth and sometimes savage sexual energy to characters who lived on the edge.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.
- 2.2 • humorous Showing signs of great age or wear: the kitchen had an antique cookerMore 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.
- Pinakos teeth were gritted, biting her pipe, and her frown was making even more wrinkles appear on her antique face.
verb (antiques, antiquing, antiqued)[with object] Back to top
- Make (something) resemble an antique by artificial means: sanding will change the lustre of the sanded spot, especially if the finish has been antiquedMore 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.
late 15th century (as an adjective): from Latin antiquus, anticus 'former, ancient', from ante 'before'.