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Definitions for new, used, vintage, antique, old, and rare from the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.

Definitions for cutlery, Solingen, Sheffield, Toledo, Seki from Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia.

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ADJECTIVE: Inflected forms: new·er, new·est
1. Having been made or come into being only a short time ago; recent: “a new law.” 2. a. Still fresh: “a new coat of paint.” b. Never used or worn before now: “a new car; a new hat.” 3. Just found, discovered, or learned: “new information.” 4. Not previously experienced or encountered; novel or unfamiliar: “ideas new to her.” 5. Different from the former or the old: “the new morality.” 6. Recently obtained or acquired: “new political power; new money.” 7. Additional; further: “new sources of energy.” 8. Recently arrived or established in a place, position, or relationship: “new neighbors; a new president.” 9. Changed for the better; rejuvenated: “The nap has made a new person of me.” 10. Being the later or latest in a sequence: “a new edition.” 11. Currently fashionable: “a new dance.” 12. New In the most recent form, period, or development. 13. Inexperienced or unaccustomed: “new at the job; new to the trials of parenthood.”
ADVERB : Freshly; recently. Often used in combination: “new-mown.”


ADJECTIVE: 1. Not new; secondhand: “a used car.” 2. also (yst) Accustomed; habituated: “getting used to the cold weather; was used to driving a small car.”


NOUN: 1. The yield of wine or grapes from a vineyard or district during one season. 2. Wine, usually of high quality, identified as to year and vineyard or district of origin. 3. The year or place in which a wine is bottled. 4. a. The harvesting of a grape crop. b. The initial stages of winemaking. 5. Informal a. A group or collection of people or things sharing certain characteristics. b. A year or period of origin: “a car of 1942 vintage.” c. Length of existence; age.
ADJECTIVE: 1. Of or relating to a vintage. 2. Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic. 3. Old or outmoded. 4. a. Of the best: “played songs that were vintage Cole Porter.” b. Of the most distinctive: “Fatalism has coexisted with vintage American overconfidence” (Thomas Oliphant) Boston Globe, October 19, 1989.

A vintage knife will usually be higher in cost than when it was originally produced, but many times it will not cost any more than a similar knife today if you can find one.


ADJECTIVE: 1. Belonging to, made in, or typical of an earlier period. See old. 2. Of or belonging to ancient times, especially of, from, or characteristic of ancient Greece or Rome. 3. Of or dealing in antiques. 4. Old-fashioned: “wore a suit of rather antique appearance.”
NOUN: 1. An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item or piece of furniture or handicraft esteemed for its artistry, beauty, or period of origin. 2. The style or manner of ancient times, especially that of ancient Greek or Roman art: “an admirer of the antique.”


ADJECTIVE: Inflected forms: old·er, old·est
1. a. Having lived or existed for a relatively long time; far advanced in years or life. b. Relatively advanced in age: “Pamela is our oldest child.” 2. Made long ago; in existence for many years: “an old book.” 3. Of or relating to a long life or to people who have had long lives: “a ripe old age.” 4. Having or exhibiting the physical characteristics of age: “a prematurely old face.” 5. Having or exhibiting the wisdom of age; mature: “a child who is old for his years.” 6. Having lived or existed for a specified length of time: “She was 12 years old.” 7. a. Belonging to a remote or former period in history; ancient: “old fossils.” b. Belonging to or being of an earlier time: “her old classmates.” 8. often Old Being the earlier or earliest of two or more related objects, stages, versions, or periods. 9. Geology a. Having become slower in flow and less vigorous in action. Used of a river. b. Having become simpler in form and of lower relief. Used of a landform. 10. Exhibiting the effects of time or long use; worn: “an old coat.” 11. Known through long acquaintance; long familiar: “an old friend.” 12. Skilled or able through long experience; practiced. 13. often ol' (l) a. Used as an intensive: “Come back any old time. Don't give me any ol' excuse.” b. Used to express affection or familiarity: “Good ol' Sam.”
NOUN: 1. An individual of a specified age: “a five-year-old.” 2. Old people considered as a group. Used with the: “caring for the old.” 3. Former times; yore: “in days of old.”


ADJECTIVE: rar-er, rar-est. 1. coming or occurring far apart in time; unusual; uncommon: a rare disease; His visits are rare occasions. 2. thinly distributed over an area; few and widely separated: Lighthouses are rare on that part of the coast. 3. having the component parts not closely compacted together; not dense: rare gases; lightheaded from the rare mountain air. 4. unusually great: a rare display of courage. 5. unusually excellent; admirable; fine: She showed rare tact in inviting them.

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