Definition and Meanings for ancient

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Ancient is ranked 18,413 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of ancient

adjective, noun

Etymology of ancient

oe. auncien, f. ancien, ll. antianus, fr. l. ante before. see ante-, pref corrupted from ensign

Meaning of ancient


as adjective

  • old; that happened or existed in former times, usually at a great distance of time; belonging to times long past; specifically applied to the times before the fall of the roman empire; -- opposed to modern; as, ancient authors, literature, history; ancient days.
  • old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle.
  • known for a long time, or from early times; -- opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent.
  • dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable.
  • experienced; versed.
  • former; sometime.

as noun

  • those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the moderns.
  • an aged man; a patriarch. hence: a governor; a ruler; a person of influence.
  • a senior; an elder; a predecessor.
  • one of the senior members of the inns of court or of chancery.

as noun

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