- Belonging to, made in, or typical of an earlier period: antique furniture. See Synonyms at old.
- Of or belonging to ancient times, especially of, from, or characteristic of ancient Greece or Rome.
a. Relating to or dealing in antiques.
b. Having the appearance of an antique.
- Old-fashioned; outdated: wore a suit of rather antique appearance.
- An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item or piece of furniture or handicraft esteemed for its artistry, beauty, or period of origin.
- The style or manner of ancient times, especially that of ancient Greek or Roman art: an admirer of the antique.
verban·tiqued, an·tiqu·ing, an·tiques
To give the appearance of an antique to: antiqued an oak chest.
To hunt or shop for antiques.
Origin of antique
; see ant-
in Indo-European roots.
(comparative antiquer, superlative antiquest)
- Old, used especially of furniture and household items; out of date.
- An old piece of furniture, household item, or other similar item.
- (figuratively, mildly pejorative) An old person.
(third-person singular simple present antiques, present participle antiquing, simple past and past participle antiqued)
- (intransitive) To shop for antiques; to search for antiques.
- To make an object appear to be an antique in some way.
From French antique (“ancient, old”), from Latin antiquus (“former, earlier, ancient, old”), from ante (“before”); see ante- and antic.