a very old person
a person who lived in ancient times
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"
"an ancient mariner"
A person who is very old or who lived in ancient times.
A flag, banner, standard or ensign.
Having lasted from a remote period; having been of long duration; of great age; very old.
Existent or occurring in time long past, usually in remote ages; belonging to or associated with antiquity; old, as opposed to modern.
Origin: From auncyen, from ancien, from root *anteanus, from ante. Compare antique.
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
old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle
known for a long time, or from early times; -- opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent
dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable
those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the moderns
an aged man; a patriarch. Hence: A governor; a ruler; a person of influence
a senior; an elder; a predecessor
one of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery
an ensign or flag
the bearer of a flag; an ensign
Origin: [Corrupted from ensign.]
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
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.]
ān′shent, n. (obs.) a flag or its bearer: an ensign. [Corr. of Fr. enseigne. See Ensign.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
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
A term formerly used to express the grand ensign or standard of an army.
A word used to describe a building or tree that has an age over one hundred years.
The local forest has an ancient tree in the middle of it and it has a preservation order on it.Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2017
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Etymology and Origins
Iago is described as Othello’s “ancient.” Even in Shakespeare’s day this word was a corruption of ensign, or standard-bearer.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ancient' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2009
Rank popularity for the word 'ancient' in Adjectives Frequency: #272
The numerical value of ancient in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of ancient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of ancient in a Sentence
A very ancient and fish-like smell.
I feel again a spark of that ancient flame.
Joking aside, ancient CDs have never been found.
These ancient monkeys were living the good life.
Knowledge is ancient error reflecting on its youth.
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- قديم, عتيق, القديمةArabic
- vetust, anticCatalan, Valencian
- uralt, antikGerman
- muinainen, ikivanha, ammoinenFinnish
- antique, ancienFrench
- հնադարյան, հինավուրց, հինArmenian
- 古い, 古代Japanese
- vetus, senex, antiquus, priscusLatin
- eeuwenoud, oeroud, weleers, antiek, eertijdsDutch
- старинный, древний, античныйRussian
- star, starodrevan, drevanSerbo-Croatian
- uråldrig, antik, forntida, urgammal, fornSwedish
- eski, antik, antikaTurkish
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