Ancient Definition

ānshənt
ancients, ancienter, ancientest
adjective
ancienter, ancientest
Of times long past; belonging to the early history of the world, esp. before the end of the Western Roman Empire (a.d. 476)
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Having existed a long time; very old.
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Old-fashioned; antiquated.
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Having the wisdom, dignity, etc. of age; venerable.
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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.
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modernyoungnew
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noun
ancients
An aged person.
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A person who lived in ancient times.
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The peoples of the classical nations of antiquity.
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A person carrying an ensign.
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The ancient Greek and Roman authors.
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idiom
the ancients
  • the people who lived in ancient times
  • the ancient or classical writers and artists, esp. of Greco-Roman times
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Other Word Forms of Ancient

Noun

Singular:
ancient
Plural:
ancients

Adjective

Base Form:
ancient
Comparative:
ancienter
Superlative:
ancientest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Ancient

  • the ancients

Origin of Ancient

  • Middle English auncien from Old French from Vulgar Latin anteānus Latin ante before ant- in Indo-European roots -ānus adj. and n. suff

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English auncyen, from Old French ancien (“old”), from Latin root *anteanus, from ante (“before”). Compare antique.

    From Wiktionary

  • Alteration of ensign

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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