Definitions for ancientˈeɪn ʃənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an•cientˈeɪn ʃənt(adj.)

  1. of or in time long past, esp. before the end of the Western Roman Empire a .d . 476.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Ancient History

  2. dating from a remote period:

    ancient rocks.

  3. very old; aged.

  4. old in wisdom and experience.

  5. old-fashioned or antique.

  6. (n.)a person who lived in ancient times.

  7. the ancients, the civilized peoples or cultures of antiquity, as the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, and Egyptians. the writers, artists, and philosophers of ancient times, esp. those of Greece and Rome.

  8. a very old or aged person.

Origin of ancient:

1300–50; ME auncien < AF; OF ancien < VL *antiānus= L ante(ā) before (see ante -) +-ānus -an1

an′cient•ness(n.)

an•cient*ˈeɪn ʃənt(n.)

  1. the bearer of a flag.

  2. a flag, banner, or standard; ensign.

* Obs..

Origin of ancient:

1545–55; var. of ensign

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ancient, antediluvian(noun)

    a very old person

  2. ancient(adj)

    a person who lived in ancient times

  3. ancient(adj)

    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"

  4. ancient(adj)

    very old

    "an ancient mariner"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ancient(adjective)ˈeɪn ʃənt

    very old

    ancient Egyptian cities

Wiktionary

  1. ancient(Noun)

    A person who is very old or who lived in ancient times.

  2. ancient(Noun)

    A flag, banner, standard or ensign.

  3. ancient(Adjective)

    Having lasted from a remote period; having been of long duration; of great age; very old.

  4. ancient(Adjective)

    Existent or occurring in time long past, usually in remote ages; belonging to or associated with antiquity; old, as opposed to modern.

  5. Origin: From auncyen, from ancien, from root *anteanus, from ante. Compare antique.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ancient(adj)

    old; that happened or existed in former times, usually at a great distance of time; belonging to times long past; specifically applied to the times before the fall of the Roman empire; -- opposed to modern; as, ancient authors, literature, history; ancient days

  2. Ancient(adj)

    old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle

  3. Ancient(adj)

    known for a long time, or from early times; -- opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent

  4. Ancient(adj)

    dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable

  5. Ancient(adj)

    experienced; versed

  6. Ancient(adj)

    former; sometime

  7. Ancient(noun)

    those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the moderns

  8. Ancient(noun)

    an aged man; a patriarch. Hence: A governor; a ruler; a person of influence

  9. Ancient(noun)

    a senior; an elder; a predecessor

  10. Ancient(noun)

    one of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery

  11. Ancient(noun)

    an ensign or flag

  12. Ancient(noun)

    the bearer of a flag; an ensign

Freebase

  1. Ancient

    The Ancients are a humanoid race in the fictional Stargate universe. They are called "Ancients" in the Milky Way, but are also known as Lanteans or Ancestors in the Pegasus galaxy and as the Alterans in their home galaxy, and they sometimes call themselves Anquietas in their language. In the series mythology, they are one of the most advanced races known to have existed; they evolved millions of years before the present day and reached their level of technology long before humanity evolved on Earth. They are best known as the builders of the Stargates, the giant ring-shaped portals commonly used by Earth-based humans to travel and explore the Milky Way and Pegasus galaxies. The Ancients have become an important race in all three Stargate series. They belong to the same race as the Ori, the main antagonists in Stargate SG-1 since the show's ninth season, and have played a large role in the series' many story arcs. In Stargate Atlantis, the Ancients built Atlantis, the show's main setting, and are responsible for the emergence of the show's two main villain races: the Wraith and the Asurans. In Stargate Universe they are the ones that have built and launched the ship Destiny on its journey.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ancient' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2009

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ancient' in Adjectives Frequency: #272


Translations for ancient

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ancient(adjective)

relating to times long ago, especially before the collapse of Rome

ancient history.

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