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Definitions of ancient

  1. belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire; "ancient history"; "ancient civilizations such as those of the Etruscans and Sumerians"; "ancient Greece" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. very old; "an ancient mariner" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. Old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Experienced; versed. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Former; sometime. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the moderns. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. An aged man; a patriarch. Hence: A governor; a ruler; a person of influence. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A senior; an elder; a predecessor. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. One of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. An ensign or flag. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. The bearer of a flag; an ensign. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Known for a long time, or from early times; - opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. 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.
  16. One who lived in times long ago. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Old: belonging to former times. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. ANCIENTLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. (obs.) A flag or its bearer: an ensign. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. Of former times; old. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. Belonging to remote antiquity; of great age; very old. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. One who lived in ancient times. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. A flag or a standard-bearer. 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. 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.
  26. An ensign, both as flag and as flag-bearer. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. 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.
  28. The flag or streamer of a ship. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. Known for a long time, or from early times; -- opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent. mso.anu.edu.au
  30. Old; that which has existed from an indefinitely early period, or which by age alone has acquired certain rights or privileges accorded in view of long continuance. thelawdictionary.org
  31. Something old, which by age alone has acquired some force; as ancient lights, ancient writings. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  32. 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. dictgcide_fs
  33. Known for a long time, or from early times; opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent. dictgcide_fs
  34. [=a]n'shent, adj. old: belonging to former times, specifically, of times prior to the downfall of the western Roman empire (476 A.D.): of great age or duration: of past times in a general sense: venerable: antique, old-fashioned.--n. an aged man, a patriarch: a superior in age or dignity.--adv. AN'CIENTLY.--ns. AN'CIENTNESS; AN'CIENTRY, ancientness, seniority: ancestry: dignity of birth: (Shak.) old people.--n.pl. AN'CIENTS, those who lived in remote times, esp. the Greeks and Romans of classical times: (B.) elders.--THE ANCIENT OF DAYS, a title in the Holy Scriptures for the Almighty, applied by Byron to Athens. [Fr. ancien--Low L. antianus, old--L. ante, before. See ANTIQUE.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  35. [=a]n'shent, n. (obs.) a flag or its bearer: an ensign. [Corr. of Fr. enseigne. See ENSIGN.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  36. Belonging to times long past (esp. before fall of Western Roman Empire); having existed, lived, long; the A. of Days, God; the ancients, civilized nations of antiquity. Hence anciently adv., ancientness n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  37. (archaic) =ENSIGN. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  38. Corr. of ensign. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  39. Old, not modern; old, that has been of long duration; past, former. Complete Dictionary
  40. The bearer of a flag, now ensign. Complete Dictionary

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