An antique is usually an item that is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human history.  Antiques are usually objects of the decorative arts that show some degree of craftsmanship, collectability, or a certain attention to design, such as a desk or an early automobile. They are bought at antiques shops, estate sales, auction houses, online auctions, and other venues, or estate inherited. Antique is a things that are old or not of a contemporary nature. An example of something that is antique is a piece of jewelry that belonged to your great grandmother. adjective. Old-fashioned; outdated. Wore a suit of rather antiques appearance.