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 Outside of antique shops, calling anything antique means it's out-of-date and useless — so if you wanted to be mean, you could call your grandparents antiques.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
  1. adjective
    made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age
    “the beautiful antique French furniture”
    of long duration; not new
  2. adjective
    belonging to or lasting from times long ago
    “the antique fear that days would dwindle away to complete darkness”
    synonyms: age-old
    of long duration; not new
  3. adjective
    out of fashion
    “a suit of rather antique appearance”
    synonyms: demode, ex, old-fashioned, old-hat, outmoded, passe, passee, vintage
    unfashionable, unstylish
    not in accord with or not following current fashion
  4. noun
    any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity
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    type of:
    an artifact surviving from the past
  5. noun
    an elderly man
    synonyms: gaffer, old geezer, old-timer, oldtimer
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    type of:
    Methuselah, graybeard, greybeard, old man
    a man who is very old
  6. verb
    give an antique appearance to
    antique furniture”
    synonyms: antiquate
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  7. verb
    shop for antiques
    “We went antiquing on Saturday”
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    type of:
    browse, shop
    shop around; not necessarily buying
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