Ancient meaning

ānshənt
Frequency:
Of great age; very old.
adjective
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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.

adjective
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A person who lived in times long past.
noun
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Of, relating to, or belonging to times long past, especially before the fall of the Western Roman Empire ( ad 476).

Ancient cultures.

adjective
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Having the qualities associated with age, wisdom, or long use; venerable.
adjective
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A very old person.
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Having lasted from a remote period; having been of long duration; of great age; very old.

An ancient city; an ancient forest.

adjective
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Existent or occurring in time long past, usually in remote ages; belonging to or associated with antiquity; old, as opposed to modern.

An ancient author; an ancient empire.

adjective
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(heraldry, archaic) A flag, banner, standard or ensign.
noun
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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.

adjective
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A flag-bearer or lieutenant.
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A person who lived in ancient times.
noun
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(UK, law) One of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery.
noun
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Of times long past; belonging to the early history of the world, esp. before the end of the Western Roman Empire (a.d. 476)
adjective
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Having existed a long time; very old.
adjective
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Old-fashioned; antiquated.
adjective
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Having the wisdom, dignity, etc. of age; venerable.
adjective
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A person who lived in ancient times.
noun
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An aged person.
noun
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An ensign, or flag.
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A person carrying an ensign.
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A person who is very old.
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An ensign; a flag.
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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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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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

  • Alteration of ensign

    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