What does ancient mean?

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ˈeɪn ʃəntan·cient

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. ancient(Noun)

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

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

  2. ancient(Noun)

    A flag, banner, standard or ensign.

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

  3. ancient(Adjective)

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

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

  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.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  2. Ancient(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  3. Ancient(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  4. Ancient(adj)

    dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  5. Ancient(adj)

    experienced; versed

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  6. Ancient(adj)

    former; sometime

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  7. Ancient(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  8. Ancient(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  9. Ancient(noun)

    a senior; an elder; a predecessor

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  10. Ancient(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  11. Ancient(noun)

    an ensign or flag

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  12. Ancient(noun)

    the bearer of a flag; an ensign

    Etymology: [Corrupted from 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ancient

    ān′shent, adj. old: belonging to former times, specifically, of times prior to the downfall of the western Roman empire (476 A.D.): of great age or duration: of past times in a general sense: venerable: antique, old-fashioned.—n. an aged man, a patriarch: a superior in age or dignity.—adv. An′ciently.—ns. An′cientness; An′cientry, ancientness, seniority: ancestry: dignity of birth: (Shak.) old people.—n.pl. An′cients, those who lived in remote times, esp. the Greeks and Romans of classical times: (B.) elders.—The Ancient of days, a title in the Holy Scriptures for the Almighty, applied by Byron to Athens. [Fr. ancien—Low L. antianus, old—L. ante, before. See Antique.]

  2. Ancient

    ān′shent, n. (obs.) a flag or its bearer: an ensign. [Corr. of Fr. enseigne. See Ensign.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ancient

    A term formerly used for the colours and their bearer, as ensign is now. Shakspeare's Nym was only a corporal, but Pistol was an ancient.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ancient

    A term formerly used to express the grand ensign or standard of an army.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Ancient

    Iago is described as Othello’s “ancient.” Even in Shakespeare’s day this word was a corruption of ensign, or standard-bearer.

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ancient in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ancient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of ancient in a Sentence

  1. Cultural Heritage Li Xiaoji:

    In some culturally protected areas or where there are construction controls there is illegal construction, damaging the historical features, including the treasures themselves. Some precious ancient sites and buildings have vanished beneath bulldozers.

  2. Isaac Yue:

    I'd be more inclined to translate it as goat for the simple reason if you look at the way the character yang is written, even in its ancient form, you can see that there is a pair of horns so it more closely resembles a goat than a sheep.

  3. Maria Vlazaki:

    Every year, we have more cases... We give more money, unexpected money to protect the walls of the (ancient) cities that had no problems before, to protect the coastal area.

  4. Tanya Smith:

    Teeth record environmental variation based on the climate, even where you're growing up, that's possible because when you're growing, your teeth you actually lock in a record of the chemistry of the water and the food that you're eating and drinking. Because teeth have these tiny timelines, we can relate the chemistry to the growth to calculate ancient climate records. We can't do that with any other element of the body.

  5. Benson Kyongo:

    These ancient monkeys were living the good life.

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