What does ancient mean?

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ˈeɪn ʃəntan·cient

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ancient, antediluviannoun

    a very old person

  2. ancientadjective

    a person who lived in ancient times

  3. ancientadjective

    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. ancientadjective

    very old

    "an ancient mariner"

Wiktionary

  1. ancientnoun

    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. ancientnoun

    A flag, banner, standard or ensign.

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

  3. ancientadjective

    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. ancientadjective

    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. Ancientadjective

    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. Ancientadjective

    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. Ancientadjective

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  4. Ancientadjective

    dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  5. Ancientadjective

    experienced; versed

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  6. Ancientadjective

    former; sometime

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  7. Ancientnoun

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  8. Ancientnoun

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  9. Ancientnoun

    a senior; an elder; a predecessor

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  10. Ancientnoun

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  11. Ancientnoun

    an ensign or flag

    Etymology: [Corrupted from ensign.]

  12. Ancientnoun

    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. Vladimir Lenin:

    Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.

  2. James Russell Lowell:

    Wealth may be an ancient thing, for it means power, it means leisure, it means liberty.

  3. Daham Alasaad:

    It broke my heart seeing these items like this, and when I saw those videos of ISIS destroying them – I couldn’t sleep for days, i was so proud of my ancient city.

  4. Carl Lipo:

    The issue of water availability (or the lack of it) has often been mentioned by researchers who work on Rapa Nui/Easter Island, when we started to examine the details of the hydrology, we began to notice that freshwater access and statue location were tightly linked together. It wasnt obvious when walking around--with the water emerging at the coast during low tide, one doesnt necessarily see obvious indications of water. File photo - Statues at Anakena Beach, Easter Island, Chile. (Photo by Eric LAFFORGUE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Places without ahu/moai showed no freshwater, he added. The pattern was striking and surprising in how consistent it was. Researchers had already identified groundwater discharge in coastal areas as a key factor in the statues placement on Easter Islands coast. In the latest stage of the research, experts examined how the availability of freshwater in certain areas was linked to the methods and means of building the statues. EASTER ISLANDS ANCIENT CIVILIZATION WAS NOT DESTROYED BY WARFARE, EXPERTS SAY Around 900 statues, or moai, are dotted around Easter Island. Circa 1955: Two ancient statues of uncertain origin on Easter Island, in the South Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Richard Harrington/Three Lions/Getty Images).

  5. Julie Dunne:

    These very small, evocative, vessels give us valuable information on how and what babies were fed thousands of years ago, providing a real connection to mothers and infants in the past, similar vessels, although rare, do appear in other prehistoric cultures( such as Rome and ancient Greece) across the world. Ideally, we'd like to carry out a larger geographic study and investigate whether they served the same purpose.

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