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ancient at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


ancient at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

ancient at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

W2 adj [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Old French; Origin: ancien, from Vulgar Latin anteanus, from Latin ante 'before']//
1 belonging to a time long ago in history, especially thousands of years ago: → modern// --the ancient civilizations of Asia// --Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan// ancient Greece/Egypt/Rome // --the religion of ancient Egypt//
2 having existed for a very long time: → new// --an ancient walled city// --an ancient forest// --the ancient art of calligraphy//
3 very old - used humorously: --That photo makes me look ancient!//
4 ancient history: a) the history of ancient societies, such as Greece or Rome// --a professor of ancient history// b) informal if you say that something is ancient history, you mean that it happened a long time ago and is not important now// --It's all ancient history and I'm not upset any more.//
ancient 2 n the ancients// people who lived long ago, especially the Greeks and Romans// --The ancients believed that the sun and moon were planets.//

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ancient at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

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ANCIENT at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

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Ancient at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Ancient \An"cient\, a. [OE. auncien, F. ancien, LL. antianus,
fr. L. ante before. See {Ante-}, pref.]
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.

Witness those ancient empires of the earth.

Gildas Albanius . . . much ancienter than his
namesake surnamed the Wise. --Fuller.

2. Old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of
great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle. ``Our
ancient bickerings.'' --Shak.

Remove not the ancient landmarks, which thy fathers
have set. --Prov. xxii.

An ancient man, strangely habited, asked for
quarters. --Scott.

3. Known for a long time, or from early times; -- opposed to
{recent} or {new}; as, the ancient continent.

A friend, perhaps, or an ancient acquaintance.

4. Dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable.

He wrought but some few hours of the day, and then
would he seem very grave and ancient. --Holland.

5. Experienced; versed. [Obs.]

Though [he] was the youngest brother, yet he was the
most ancient in the business of the realm.

6. Former; sometime. [Obs.]

They mourned their ancient leader lost. --Pope.

{Ancient demesne} (Eng. Law), a tenure by which all manors
belonging to the crown, in the reign of William the
Conqueror, were held. The numbers, names, etc., of these
were all entered in a book called Domesday Book.

{Ancient lights} (Law), windows and other openings which have
been enjoined without molestation for more than twenty
years. In England, and in some of the United States, they
acquire a prescriptive right.

Syn: Old; primitive; pristine; antique; antiquated;
old-fashioned; obsolete.

Usage: {Ancient}, {Antiquated}, {Obsolete}, {Antique},
{Antic}, {Old}. -- Ancient is opposed to modern, and
has antiquity; as, an ancient family, ancient
landmarks, ancient institutions, systems of thought,
etc. Antiquated describes that which has gone out of
use or fashion; as, antiquated furniture, antiquated
laws, rules, etc. Obsolete is commonly used, instead
of antiquated, in reference to language, customs,
etc.; as, an obsolete word or phrase, an obsolete
expression. Antique is applied, in present usage,
either to that which has come down from the ancients;
as, an antique cameo, bust, etc.; or to that which is
made to imitate some ancient work of art; as, an
antique temple. In the days of Shakespeare, antique
was often used for ancient; as, ``an antique song,''
``an antique Roman;'' and hence, from singularity
often attached to what is ancient, it was used in the
sense of grotesque; as, ``an oak whose antique root
peeps out; '' and hence came our present word antic,
denoting grotesque or ridiculous. We usually apply
both ancient and old to things subject to gradual
decay. We say, an old man, an ancient record; but
never, the old stars, an old river or mountain. In
general, however, ancient is opposed to modern, and
old to new, fresh, or recent. When we speak of a thing
that existed formerly, which has ceased to exist, we
commonly use ancient; as, ancient republics, ancient
heroes; and not old republics, old heroes. But when
the thing which began or existed in former times is
still in existence, we use either ancient or old; as,
ancient statues or paintings, or old statues or
paintings; ancient authors, or old authors, meaning

Ancient \An"cient\, n.
1. pl. Those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the

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

The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients
of his people, and the princes thereof. --Isa. iii.

3. A senior; an elder; a predecessor. [Obs.]

Junius and Andronicus . . . in Christianity . . .
were his ancients. --Hooker.

4. pl. (Eng. Law) One of the senior members of the Inns of
Court or of Chancery.

{Council of Ancients} (French Hist.), one of the two
assemblies composing the legislative bodies in 1795.

Ancient \An"cient\, n. [Corrupted from ensign.]
1. An ensign or flag. [Obs.]

More dishonorable ragged than an old-faced ancient.

2. The bearer of a flag; an ensign. [Obs.]

This is Othello's ancient, as I take it. --Shak.

ancient at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: 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
2: very old; "an ancient mariner"

ancient at English (WD) Of Explained:


  • Inter: pedialit » e

    Alternative forms

    * anchient Inter: qualifier » obsolete
    • antient Inter: qualifier » obsolete
    • aunchient Inter: qualifier » obsolete
    • auncient Inter: qualifier » obsolete
    • auntient Inter: qualifier » obsolete
    • awncient Inter: qualifier » obsolete
    • awntient Inter: qualifier » obsolete


      From Inter: etyl » enm|en Inter: term » auncyen||lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » ancien||lang=fro|old, from Inter: etyl » la|en root *anteanus, from Inter: term » ante||lang=la|before. Compare antique.


      * Inter: IPA » /ˈeɪnʃənt/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"eInS@nt/
    • also Inter: IPA » /ˈeɪntʃənt/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"eIntS@nt/
    • Inter: audio » en-us-ancient.ogg|Audio (US)


      Inter: en-adj » ancient|er|more

  • Having lasted from a remote period; having been of long duration; of great age; very old.
    1. : an ancient city
    2. : an ancient forest
    3. Existent or occurring in time long past, usually in remote ages; belonging to or associated with antiquity; old, as opposed to modern.
    4. : an ancient author
    5. : an ancient empire
    6. Inter: quote-book » year=2006|author=Category: w - :Edwin Black|Edwin Black

    |title=Internal Combustion
    |passage=Buried within the Mediterranean littoral are some seventy to ninety million tons of slag from ancient smelting, about a third of it concentrated in Iberia. This ceaseless industrial fueling caused the deforestation of an estimated fifty to seventy million acres of woodlands.


    * modern

    Derived terms

    Inter: rel-top » terms derived from ancient
    • Ancient Egypt
    • Ancient Greece
    • Ancient Macedonian

    Inter: rel-mi » d
  • ancient pyramid
  • Ancient Rome
  • ancientry

  • Inter: rel-botto » m

    Related terms

    Inter: rel-top » |
    • antic
    • antique
    • antiquary

    Inter: rel-mi » d
  • antiquarian
  • antiquated
  • antiquity

  • Inter: rel-botto » m


    Inter: trans-top » having lasted from a remote period
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|قديم|tr=qadiim|sc=Arab, Inter: t- » ar|عتيق|tr=3atiiq|sc=Arab
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|古代|tr=gǔdài|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|古老|tr=gǔlǎo|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|古舊|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|古旧|tr=gǔjiù|sc=Hani
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|antiek, Inter: t- » nl|oeroud
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|malnovega
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|muinainen, Inter: t- » fi|ammoinen
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|ancien, Inter: t+ » fr|antique
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|uralt, Inter: t+ » de|antik
    • Greek:
    • : Ancient: Inter: tø » grc|ἀρχαῖος|m|tr=arkheos
    • : Modern Inter: t+ » el|αρχαίος|m|tr=archaíos

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|古代|tr=こだい, kodai|sc=Jpan, Inter: t+ » ja|古い|tr=ふるい, furui|sc=Jpan
  • Latin: Inter: t+ » la|priscus|m, Inter: t+ » la|antiquus|m, Inter: t+ » la|vetus|m, Inter: t- » la|senex|m
  • Latvian: Inter: t+ » lv|sens
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|древний|tr=drévnij, Inter: t+ » ru|старинный|tr=starínnyj, Inter: t+ » ru|античный|tr=antíčnyj|sc=Cyrl
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|star|m, Inter: t- » sh|drevan|m, Inter: t- » sh|starodrevan|m
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|antiguo
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|urgammal
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|antik, Inter: t+ » tr|eski, Inter: t+ » tr|antika

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » existent or occurring in time long past
    • Greek:
    • : Ancient: Inter: tø » grc|ἀρχαῖος|m|tr=arkheos
    • : Modern Inter: t+ » el|αρχαίος|m|tr=archaíos
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|ársa
    • Latgalian: Inter: tø » ltg|senejs

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Latvian: Inter: t+ » lv|sens
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|древний|tr=drévnij
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|antiguo
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|antik, Inter: t- » sv|uråldrig, Inter: t+ » sv|forntida, Inter: t+ » sv|forn

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Albanian: Inter: t- » sq|lashtë
    • Anglo-Norman: Inter: tø » xno|ancien
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|հնադարյան|tr=hnadaryan, Inter: t- » hy|հինավուրց|tr=hinavurc’
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|древен|tr=dreven, Inter: t+ » bg|античен|tr=antičen
    • Burmese: Inter: t+ » my|ရှေး|tr=sheii|sc=Mymr
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: 古代的, 古舊的, 舊的, 古代的, 古旧的, 旧的
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|drevan, Inter: t- » sh|antički, Inter: t- » sh|prastar
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|starobylý, Inter: t+ » cs|starověký, Inter: t+ » cs|dávný
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|antiek, Inter: t- » nl|oeroud
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|antikva
    • Ewe: blema {{n}}
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|ikivanha, Inter: t+ » fi|muinainen
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|antique, Inter: t+ » fr|ancien
    • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|უძველესი|sc=Geor
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|antik
    • Hebrew: עתיק (atiq) {{m}}, עתיקה (atiqa) {{f}}
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|antik, Inter: t+ » hu|ősi

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Icelandic: Inter: t+ » is|forn
  • Ido: Inter: t+ » io|antiqua, Inter: t+ » io|anciena
  • Indonesian: ngak baru, sudah tua, Inter: t+ » id|Kuno
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|antico
  • Japanese: 古代の (こだいの)
  • Korean: 고대의
  • Lao: Inter: t- » lo|ບູຮານ|tr=buuhaan|sc=Laoo
  • Latin: antiquus, antiquarius
  • Malagasy: Category: :mg - :ela|ela
  • Maltese: antik {{m}}, antika {{f}}, qadim {{m}}, qadima {{f}}, arkajk {{m}}, arkajka {{f}}
  • Old English: Inter: t+ » ang|eald, Inter: t- » ang|gamol
  • Persian: باستانی (baastaani)
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|antyczny, Inter: t+ » pl|starożytny, Inter: t+ » pl|stary
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|antigo|m, Inter: t+ » pt|antiga|f
  • Scots: auncient
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|àrsaidh
  • Slovene: prastar
  • Telugu: పురాతన (puraatana)

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • A person who is very old or who lived in ancient times.
    1. Inter: context » heraldry|archaic A flag, banner, standard or ensign.
    2. 1719: Category: w - :Daniel Defoe|Daniel Defoe, Category: w - :Robinson Crusoe|Robinson Crusoe
    3. : I got all things ready as he had directed, and waited the next morning with the boat washed clean, her ancient and pendants out, and everything to accommodate his guests..


      * Inter: R:Heraldry 186 » 2

  • Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
  • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1
  • Inter: R:OneLoo » k


    * Inter: rank » reach|secret|showed|672|ancient|parts|getting|stay


    * catenin

  • Category: Category:English words not following the I before E except after C rule -
    Category: Category:en:Time -
    Translation: cs » ancient
    Translation: cy » ancient
    Translation: de » ancient
    Translation: et » ancient
    Translation: el » ancient
    Translation: es » ancient
    Translation: fa » ancient
    Translation: fr » ancient
    Translation: gl » ancient
    Translation: ko » ancient
    Translation: io » ancient
    Translation: id » ancient
    Translation: it » ancient
    Translation: kn » ancient
    Translation: kk » ancient
    Translation: ku » ancient
    Translation: lo » ancient
    Translation: la » ancient
    Translation: lv » ancient
    Translation: li » ancient
    Translation: hu » ancient
    Translation: mg » ancient
    Translation: ml » ancient
    Translation: my » ancient
    Translation: fj » ancient
    Translation: ja » ancient
    Translation: pl » ancient
    Translation: pt » ancient
    Category: simple:ancient -
    Translation: fi » ancient
    Translation: sv » ancient
    Translation: tl » ancient
    Translation: ta » ancient
    Translation: te » ancient
    Translation: th » ancient
    Translation: vi » ancient
    Translation: zh » ancient