Meaning of “antique” in the English Dictionary

"antique" in British English

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antiquenoun [ C ]

uk /ænˈtiːk/ us /ænˈtiːk/

B1 something made in an earlier period that is collected and considered to have value because it is beautiful, rare, old, or of high quality:

You can't give away Granny's old bookcase - it's a valuable antique.
My mother collects antiques.

More examples

  • An antique dealer had dated the vase at 1734.
  • We thought the chair was an antique worth a lot of money, but it turned out to be a valueless replica.

antiqueadjective

uk /ænˈtiːk/ us /ænˈtiːk/

B1 made in an earlier period and considered to have value because of being beautiful, rare, old, or of high quality:

trading or relating to antiques:

an antique dealer

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  • We have an antique clock on our mantelpiece.
  • We went to a sale of antique furniture and bought an oak chest.
  • So when did you start collecting antique glass?
  • The museum houses the biggest collection of antique toys in Europe.
  • We thought these were valuable antique chairs, but they turned out to be replicas.

(Definition of “antique” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"antique" in American English

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antiquenoun [ C ]

us /ænˈtik/

something made in an earlier period and valued because it is old, rare, or of high quality:

He sold antiques for a while.
antique
adjective us /ænˈtik/

an antique dealer/show

(Definition of “antique” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)