The Alternative English Dictionary: antique

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antique etymology Borrowing from French antique, from Latin antiquus, from ante; see ante- and antic. pronunciation
  • /ænˈtiːk/
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  1. Old, used especially of furniture and household items; out of date.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy , The Tremarn Case , 1, , ““There the cause of death was soon ascertained ; the victim of this daring outrage had been stabbed to death from ear to ear with a long, sharp instrument, in shape like an antique stiletto, which […] was subsequently found under the cushions of the hansom. […]””
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  1. An old piece of furniture, household item, or other similar item.
  2. (figuratively, mildly, pejorative) An old person.
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  1. (intransitive) To shop for antiques; to search for antiques.
  2. (transitive) To make an object appear to be an antique in some way.

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