An antique is an old-fashioned thing, like a lamp from the sixties. Anything antique is old or at least old-ish.

When you see the word antique, you know you're not going to hear about anything new or young. An antique is a nice, old piece of furniture, that's usually been well taken care of and costs more than something new. Shopping for antiques is called antiquing. Outside of antique shops, calling anything antique means it's out-of-date and useless — so if you wanted to be mean, you could call your grandparents antiques.

Definitions of antique

adj made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age

“the beautiful antique French furniture”
of long duration; not new

adj belonging to or lasting from times long ago

“the antique fear that days would dwindle away to complete darkness”
of long duration; not new

adj out of fashion

“a suit of rather antique appearance”
demode, ex, old-fashioned, old-hat, outmoded, passe, passee
unfashionable, unstylish
not in accord with or not following current fashion

n any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity

Type of:
an artifact surviving from the past

n an elderly man

gaffer, old geezer, old-timer, oldtimer
Type of:
Methuselah, graybeard, greybeard, old man
a man who is very old

v give an antique appearance to

antique furniture”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v shop for antiques

“We went antiquing on Saturday”
Type of:
browse, shop
shop around; not necessarily buying

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