the quality of being ancient, or old-fashioned stylethe olden daysancient lineage


(ˈeɪn ʃən tri)

a. ancient character or style.
b. ancient times.


 elders collectively; antiquities collectively; elders of a parish.
Examples: nobility and ancientry of their houses, 1580; the ancientry of the parish, 1589; cram full of ancientry [‘antiques’], 1866; wronging the ancientry, 1611.
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As Shakespeare wrote in The Winters Tale: "I would there were no age between ten and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting.
I love only that which they defend: the city of the Men of Numenor; and I would have her loved for her memory, her ancientry, her beauty, and her present wisdom.
Only minor correlation is found between ancientry and domestication model for the 20 economically most important crops.
And this reassures me that my perception of what has happened so disastrously, so hideously, in my own country is not merely the psychological product of embittered old age, in which the ancientry as a matter of course decry and deride youth as being nothing but the getting of wenches with child and stealing and fighting, but something more accurate and objective.