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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).
1. A very old person.
2. A person who lived in times long past.
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.]
1. Archaic An ensign; a flag.
2. Obsolete A flag-bearer or lieutenant.
[Alteration of ensign.]
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in ancient times
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an•cient•ly(ˈeɪn ʃənt li)
in ancient times; of old.
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|Adv.||1.||anciently - in ancient times; long ago; "a concern with what may have happened anciently"|
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