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Definition of Ancient

Ancient

  1. 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. Old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle.
  3. Known for a long time, or from early times; -- opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent.
  4. Dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable.
  5. Experienced; versed.
  6. Former; sometime.
  7. Those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the moderns.
  8. An aged man; a patriarch. Hence: A governor; a ruler; a person of influence.
  9. A senior; an elder; a predecessor.
  10. One of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery.
  11. An ensign or flag.
  12. The bearer of a flag; an ensign.

Ancient Quotations

In marriage there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring.
Enid Bagnold

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
Terry Pratchett

Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.
H. P. Lovecraft

In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies.
Stephen Leacock

The Olympic Games are highly commercialised. They purport to follow the traditions of an ancient athletics competition, but today it is the commercial aspect that is most apparent. I have seen how, through sport, cities and corporations compete against each other for financial gain.
Ai Weiwei
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Ancient Translations

ancient in Dutch is antiek, aloud, ouderwets
ancient in French is antique
ancient in German is ehemalig, alt, ehemalig, alt
ancient in Italian is antico, vecchissimo
ancient in Latin is priscus, antiquus, pristinus
ancient in Norwegian is gammel
ancient in Portuguese is antigo
ancient in Spanish is antiguo, vetusto
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