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Definitions of ancients

  1. people who lived in times long past (especially during the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. people who lived in times long past (especially during the historical period before the fall of the Roman Empire in western Europe) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. Those who lived in remote times: in B., elders. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. ANCIENTLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. ANCIENTNESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Those who lived in old times. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. In English law. Gentlemen of the inns of court and chancery. In Gray's Inn the society consists of benchers, ancients, barristers, and students under the bar; and here the ancients are of the oldest barristers. In the Middle Temple, those who had passed their readings used to he termed "ancients." The Inns of Chancery consist of ancients and students or clerks: from the ancients a principal or treasurer is chosen yearly. Wharton. thelawdictionary.org
  8. English law. A term for gentlemen in the Inns of Courts who are of a certain standing. In the Middle Temple, all who have passed their readings are termed ancients. In Gray's Inn, the ancients are the oldest barristers; besides which the society consists of benchers, barristers and students. In the Inas of Chancery, it conts of ancients, and students or clerks. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  9. [Fr.] Gentlemen of the Inns of Court and Chancery. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  10. n. Those who lived in former ages, opposed to moderns;—sing. the bearer of a flag—now called an ensign. Cabinet Dictionary

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