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Definitions of ancient

  1. Those who lived chiefly in Greek and Roman antiquity, opposed to moderns; elders of a people; senior barristers. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. Those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the moderns. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. An aged man; a patriarch. Hence: A governor; a ruler; a person of influence. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A senior; an elder; a predecessor. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. One of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An ensign or flag. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The bearer of a flag; an ensign. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. One who lived in times long ago. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. (obs.) A flag or its bearer: an ensign. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. One who lived in ancient times. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A flag or a standard-bearer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. An ensign, both as flag and as flag-bearer. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. The flag or streamer of a ship. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. ANCIENTLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Experienced; versed. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Former; sometime. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Of or relating to of past times or remote ages; of great age or antiquity. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Old: belonging to former times. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. Of former times; old. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. Belonging to remote antiquity; of great age; very old. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Old; that happened or existed in former times, or antiquity; past; former. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Old; what is long past; belonging to former times. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for ancient

  1. Great Chesterford is the ancient Iceanum, once thought to be Camboricum. – The Towns of Roman Britain by James Oliver Bevan
  2. And, at about noon of the following day, they drew in to the ancient capital, having made a quick and easy run from Hampton. – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
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