- 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.
- ancientsa. 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 *anteanus : Latin ante, before; see ant- in Indo-European roots + -anus, 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)