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Definition of 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

Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.
Lucinda Franks

I am neither a child, a young man, nor an ancient; nor am I of any caste.
Guru Nanak

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

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
Robert Wilson Lynd

A new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man's heart, if not in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree.
George H. W. Bush
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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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