meaning of ANCIENT

ANCIENT meaning in General Dictionary

An ensign or flag

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  • people who lived-in previous many years instead of the moderns
  • Old that happened or existed in previous times often at an excellent distance period belonging to times long-past particularly applied to the times prior to the fall associated with Roman empire against present as old authors literary works record old times
  • belonging to times long-past particularly of this historic duration before the fall associated with west Roman Empire
  • earliest pens
  • an extremely old individual
  • someone who lived in old times
  • Old; that happened or existed in previous times, typically at a fantastic length period; owned by times long past; specifically put on the times prior to the autumn of Roman empire; -- opposed to contemporary; as, ancient authors, literature, record; ancient times.
  • Old; that's been of long extent; of long-standing; of great age; as, an ancient woodland; an old palace.
  • recognized for quite a few years, or from very early times; -- against present or new; since, the old continent.
  • Dignified, like an old man; magisterial; venerable.
  • Skilled; versed.
  • past; at some point.
  • Those who lived in former ages, instead of the moderns.
  • An aged guy; a patriarch. Therefore: A governor; a ruler; a individual of impact.
  • A senior; an elder; a predecessor.
  • one of many senior people in the Inns of legal or of Chancery.
  • An ensign or banner.
  • The bearer of a flag; an ensign.

ANCIENT meaning in Law Dictionary

Old; what features been around from an indefinitely early period, or which by age alone has obtained particular legal rights or privileges accorded in view of long continuance.


ANCIENT meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., auncyen, from Old French ancien "old, long-standing, ancient," from Vulgar Latin *anteanus, literally "from prior to," adjectivization of Latin ante "before, before, against" (from PIE *anti "against," locative singular of *ant- "front, forehead;" see ante). The parasitic -t dates from 15c. by impact of terms in -ent. Especially, of all time, "belonging to the period prior to the fall of the west Roman Empire" (and compared with medieval and modern-day). In English law, "from before the Norman Conquest." Ancient of Days is from Dan. vii:9. Relevant: Anciently.

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  • "standard-bearer," 1550s, a corruption of ensign. Archaic, but preserved in Shakespeare's personality Aunchient Pistoll in "Henry V."

ANCIENT meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Old; that happened or existed in former times, usually at a good distance of time; owned by times long past; specifically placed on the times ahead of the autumn of this Roman empire; -- in opposition to modern-day; as, old writers, literary works, history; ancient times.

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  • (a.) Old; which has been of long length of time; of long standing; of great age; as, an old forest; an ancient castle.
  • (a.) Known for quite a few years, or from very early times; -- against recent or brand new; as, the ancient continent.
  • (a.) Dignified, like an aged guy; magisterial; venerable.
  • (a.) Experienced; versed.
  • (a.) past; at some point.
  • (letter.) Those who lived-in previous centuries, instead of the moderns.
  • (n.) An aged man; a patriarch. For this reason: A governor; a ruler; a person of impact.
  • (n.) A senior; an elder; a predecessor.
  • (letter.) Among the senior members of the Inns of legal or of Chancery.
  • (letter.) An ensign or flag.
  • (letter.) The bearer of a flag; an ensign.

Sentence Examples with the word ANCIENT

CHAERONEIA, or Chaeronea, an ancient town of Boeotia, said by some to be the Homeric Arne, situated about 7 m.

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