antique

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Borrowing from French antique (ancient, old), from Latin antiquus (former, earlier, ancient, old), from ante (before); see ante- and antic.

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antique (comparative antiquer, superlative antiquest)

  1. Old, used especially of furniture and household items; out of date.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, in 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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antique (plural antiques)

  1. An old piece of furniture, household item, or other similar item.
  2. (figuratively, mildly pejorative) An old person.

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antique (third-person singular simple present antiques, present participle antiquing, simple past and past participle antiqued)

  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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From Old French antique, from antic, a borrowing from Latin antīquus. Confer also the inherited Old French antive, from the Latin feminine antīqua, which analogically influenced a masculine form antif (compare a similar occurrence in Spanish antiguo).

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antique (plural antiques)

  1. ancient
  2. relating to the Antiquity

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antique

  1. feminine plural of antiquo

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Latin[edit]

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antīque

  1. vocative masculine singular of antīquus

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