Council of Ancients
Ancient An"cient, n. 1. pl. Those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the {moderns}. [1913 Webster]

2. An aged man; a patriarch. Hence: A governor; a ruler; a person of influence. [1913 Webster]

The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof. --Isa. iii. 14. [1913 Webster]

3. A senior; an elder; a predecessor. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Junius and Andronicus . . . in Christianity . . . were his ancients. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. (Eng. Law) One of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery. [1913 Webster]

{Council of Ancients} (French Hist.), one of the two assemblies composing the legislative bodies in 1795. --Brande. [1913 Webster]

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