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an·cient 1

 (ān′shənt)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or belonging to times long past, especially before the fall of the Western Roman Empire (ad 476): ancient cultures. See Synonyms at old.
2. Of great age; very old: "The males live up to six months—positively ancient, for a bee" (Elizabeth Royte).
3. Archaic Having the qualities associated with age, wisdom, or long use; venerable: "You seem a sober, ancient Gentleman by your habit" (Shakespeare).
n.
1. A very old person.
2. A person who lived in times long past.
3. ancients
a. The peoples of the classical nations of antiquity.
b. The ancient Greek and Roman authors.

[Middle English auncien, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *anteānus : Latin ante, before; see ant- in Indo-European roots + -ānus, adj. and n. suff.]

an′cient·ly adv.
an′cient·ness n.

an·cient 2

 (ān′shənt)
n.
1. Archaic An ensign; a flag.
2. Obsolete A flag-bearer or lieutenant.

[Alteration of ensign.]
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ancient

(ˈeɪnʃənt)
adj
1. dating from very long ago: ancient ruins.
2. very old; aged
3. (Historical Terms) of the far past, esp before the collapse of the Western Roman Empire (476 ad). Compare medieval, modern
4. (Law) law having existed since before the time of legal memory
n
5. (Historical Terms) (often plural) a member of a civilized nation in the ancient world, esp a Greek, Roman, or Hebrew
6. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (often plural) one of the classical authors of Greek or Roman antiquity
7. archaic an old man
[C14: from Old French ancien, from Vulgar Latin anteanus (unattested), from Latin ante before]
ˈancientness n

ancient

(ˈeɪnʃənt)
n
1. a flag or other banner; standard
2. a standard-bearer; ensign
[C16: changed from ensign through the influence of ancient1]
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an•cient1

(ˈeɪn ʃənt)

adj.
1. of or in time long past, esp. before the end of the Western Roman Empire A.D. 476.
2. dating from a remote period: ancient rocks.
3. very old; aged.
4. old in wisdom and experience.
5. old-fashioned or antique.
n.
6. a person who lived in ancient times.
7. the ancients,
a. the civilized peoples or cultures of antiquity, as the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, and Egyptians.
b. the writers, artists, and philosophers of ancient times, esp. those of Greece and Rome.
8. a very old or aged person.
[1300–50; Middle English auncien < Anglo-French; Old French ancien < Vulgar Latin *antiānus= Latin ante(ā) before (see ante-) + -ānus -an1]
an′cient•ness, n.

an•cient2

(ˈeɪn ʃənt)

n. Obs.
1. the bearer of a flag.
2. a flag, banner, or standard; ensign.
[1545–55; variant of ensign]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ancient - a very old personancient - a very old person      
2.ancient - a person who lived in ancient times
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
Adj.1.ancient - belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empireancient - 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"
past - earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"
2.ancient - very oldancient - very old; "an ancient mariner"  
old - (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age; "his mother is very old"; "a ripe old age"; "how old are you?"
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ancient

adjective
1. classical, old, former, past, early, bygone, primordial, primeval, olden They believed ancient Greece and Rome were vital sources of learning.
3. old-fashioned, past, dated, outdated, obsolete, out of date, old-time, archaic, unfashionable, antiquated, outmoded, passé, musty, old hat, behind the times, fusty, superannuated, out of style, obsolescent, square (informal), cobwebby, démodé (French), out of the ark (informal), oldfangled, (old-)fogeyish He produced articles and stories on his ancient typewriter.
old-fashioned new, young, late, the new, recent, current, modern, fresh, novel, with it (informal), up-to-date, state-of-the-art, in vogue, modish, new-fashioned, du jour (French), newfangled, culty
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ancient

adjective
1. Belonging to, existing, or occurring in times long past:
2. Of, existing, or occurring in a distant period:
3. Long past:
noun
An elderly person:
Informal: oldster, old-timer.
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Translations
عَتيققَديمقَدِيـم
античендревен
starověkýstarýdávnýpradávnýstarobylý
ældgammelfortids-gammeldagsoldtids-
muinainenikivanha
prastar
antikókoriősi
fornævagamall, mjög gamall
大昔の
고대의
senassenovės
antīkssenlaicīgssens
antiekoeroud
staroveký
antičenstarodaven
forntida
โบราณ
eskiçok eski
cổ đại

ancient

[ˈeɪnʃənt] ADJ
1. (= old, classical) → antiguo
ancient Greekgriego m antiguo
ancient historyhistoria f antigua
that's ancient history!¡eso pertenece a la historia!
in ancient daysen la antigüedad, hace muchísimo tiempo
ancient monument (Brit) → monumento m histórico
ancient Romela Roma antigua
remains of ancient timesrestos mpl de la antigüedad
2. [person] → viejo, anciano; [clothing, object] → antiquísimo, de los tiempos de Maricastaña
we went in his ancient carfuimos en su antiquísimo coche
he's getting pretty ancientva para viejo OLD
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

ancient

[ˈeɪnʃənt] adj
(from Antiquity) [Greece, Greek, Egypt, Rome] → antique
ancient Greece → la Grèce antique
(= very old) [tradition, building, woodland] → ancien(ne) ancient monument
(= aged, antiquated) [person] → vieux(vieille), vieil before masc noun beginning with a vowel or before mute h; [object, car] → antiqueancient history n
(Greek and Roman)histoire f ancienne
(fig)histoire f ancienne
That's ancient history! → C'est de l'histoire ancienne!ancient monument nmonument m historique
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

ancient

adj
alt; in ancient timesim Altertum; (Greek, Roman also) → in der Antike; ancient Romedas alte Rom; the ancient Romansdie alten Römer; ancient monument (Brit) → historisches Denkmal, historische Stätte
(inf) person, clothes etcuralt
n the ancientsdie Völker or Menschen des Altertums or im Altertum; (= writers)die Schriftsteller des Altertums
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ancient

[ˈeɪnʃnt] adj (old) (classical) → antico/a (fam) (person) → decrepito/a; (object) → vecchio/a come il cucco
ancient monument → monumento storico
ancient Rome → l'antica Roma
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

ancient

(ˈeinʃənt) adjective
1. relating to times long ago, especially before the collapse of Rome. ancient history.
2. very old. an ancient sweater.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

ancient

قَدِيـم starověký/starobylý oldtids- uralt αρχαίος antiguo muinainen ancien prastar antico 大昔の 고대의 antiek eldgammel starożytny antigo древний forntida โบราณ eski cổ đại 远古的
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