- antique (adj.)
- 1530s, "aged, venerable;" 1540s, "having existed in ancient times," from Middle French antique "old" (14c.), from Latin antiquus (later anticus) "ancient, former, of olden times; old, long in existence, aged; venerable; old-fashioned," from PIE *anti- "before" (see ante-) + *okw- "appearance" (see eye (n.)).
Originally pronounced in English like its doublet antic, but French pronunciation and spelling were adopted in English from c. 1700. Meaning "not modern" is from 1640s. Related: Antiqueness.
- antique (v.)
- "to give an antique appearance to," 1753 (implied in antiqued, in bookbinding, "finished in an antique style"), from antique (adj.). Related: Antiquing.
- antique (n.)
- 1520s, "a relic of antiquity," from antique (adj.). From 1771 as "an old and collectible thing."