One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Old, ancient; venerable; old-fashioned.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Cockeram (fl. 1623–1658), lexicographer. From classical Latin vetustus having existed for a long time, of great age, ancient, long-established, belonging to the distant past, old-fashioned, primitive, archaic from vetus old + -tus, suffix forming adjectives.
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