- The definition of ancient refers to an era that existed a very long time ago.
The Roman Empire is an example of an ancient civilization.
- Ancient is defined as someone or something that has lasted a very long time.
The story of Hercules is an example of an ancient story.
- of times long past; belonging to the early history of the world, esp. before the end of the Western Roman Empire ( 476)
- having existed a long time; very old
- old-fashioned; antiquated
- Archaic having the wisdom, dignity, etc. of age; venerable
Origin of ancientMiddle English auncien from Old French ancien from Vulgar Latin an unverified form anteanus from Classical Latin ante, before: -t by influenced, influence of -ent
- a person who lived in ancient times
- an aged person
- the people who lived in ancient times
- the ancient or classical writers and artists, esp. of Greco-Roman times
- an ensign, or flag
- a person carrying an ensign
Origin of ancientconfusion of ensign with earlier ancien, ancient
- Of, relating to, or belonging to times long past, especially before the fall of the Western Roman Empire (AD 476): ancient cultures. See Synonyms at old.
- Of great age; very old: “The males live up to six months—positively ancient, for a bee” ( Elizabeth Royte )
- Archaic Having the qualities associated with age, wisdom, or long use; venerable: “You seem a sober, ancient Gentleman by your habit” ( Shakespeare )
- A very old person.
- A person who lived in times long past.
- ancients a. The peoples of the classical nations of antiquity.b. The ancient Greek and Roman authors.
Origin of ancientMiddle English auncien from Old French from Vulgar Latin anteānus Latin ante before ; see ant- in Indo-European roots. -ānus adj. and n. suff
- Archaic An ensign; a flag.
- Obsolete A flag-bearer or lieutenant.
Origin of ancientAlteration of ensign
(comparative ancienter or more ancient, superlative ancientest or most ancient)