Ancient is defined as someone or something that has lasted a very long time.(adjective)
The story of Hercules is an example of an ancient story.
The definition of ancient refers to an era that existed a very long time ago.(adjective)
The Roman Empire is an example of an ancient civilization.
See ancient in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME auncien < OFr ancien < VL *anteanus < L ante, before: -t by infl. of -ent
Origin: confusion of ensign with earlier ancien, ancient
See ancient in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English auncien
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *anteānus
Origin: : Latin ante, before; see ant- in Indo-European roots
Origin: + -ānus, adj. and n. suff.
Origin: Alteration of ensign.
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