Definition and Meanings for ancient
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Part of Speech of ancient
Etymology of ancient
Meaning of ancient
- 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.
- 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.
- an ensign or flag.
- the bearer of a flag; an ensign.