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Meaning of “vintage” in the English Dictionary

"vintage" in British English

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vintageadjective

uk   /ˈvɪn.tɪdʒ/  us   /-t̬ɪdʒ/
  • vintage adjective (HIGH QUALITY)

of high ​quality and ​lastingvalue, or ​showing the ​best and most ​typicalcharacteristics of a ​particulartype of thing, ​especially from the past: a vintage ​plane a vintage ​comicbook This ​film is vintage (= has the ​bestcharacteristicstypical of ​films made by) Disney. She ​lovesbuying vintage clothing.
  • vintage adjective (WINE)

[before noun] Vintage ​wine is of high ​quality and was made in a ​particularyear and can be ​kept for several ​years in ​order to ​improve it: vintage ​champagne/​port/​claret

vintagenoun

uk   /ˈvɪn.tɪdʒ/  us   /-t̬ɪdʒ/
[C] the ​wine made in a ​particularyear, or a ​particularyear in which ​wine has been made: The 1983 vintage was one of the ​best. What vintage is this ​wine? (= In what ​year was it made?) [U] literary a ​group of things that were ​produced, or a ​group of ​people who were ​active, during the same ​particularperiod: Cars of ​recent vintage may not need ​inspection.
(Definition of vintage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vintage" in American English

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vintagenoun [C]

 us   /ˈvɪn·tɪdʒ/
  • vintage noun [C] (WINE)

the ​wine made in a ​particularyear, or a ​particularyear in which ​wine was made

vintageadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈvɪn·tɪdʒ/
(esp. of something ​old) of high ​quality and ​lastingvalue, or ​showing the ​best characteristics ​typical of the ​person who ​created it: a vintage ​pistol/​airplane/​car "Sophisticated ​Lady" is vintage Duke Ellington.
used but of good ​quality: vintage ​clothing
(of ​wine) of high ​quality that was made in a ​particularyear, and that can be ​kept for several ​years in ​order to ​improve it: vintage ​champagne
(Definition of vintage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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