ancient history
noun Date: 1555 1. the history of ancient times 2. knowledge or information that is widespread and has lost its initial freshness or importance ; common knowledge

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  • ancient history — noun uncount 1. ) the study of the people and way of life that existed a very long time ago, especially in Greece or Rome 2. ) INFORMAL things that happened a long time ago and so are no longer important: You can t still be upset about that it s… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ancient history — n. 1. history from the earliest recorded events to the end of the Western Roman Empire in A.D. 476 2. Informal something of the recent past that is well known or no longer important …   English World dictionary

  • ancient history — 1) N UNCOUNT Ancient history is the history of ancient civilizations, especially Greece and Rome. 2) N UNCOUNT If you describe something as ancient history, you mean that it happened in the past and is no longer relevant to the present. It does… …   English dictionary

  • ancient history — noun 1. a history of the ancient world • Hypernyms: ↑history, ↑account, ↑chronicle, ↑story 2. knowledge of some recent fact or event that has become so commonly known that it has lost its original pertinence • Hypernyms: ↑common knowledge * * * a …   Useful english dictionary

  • ancient history — 1. the study or a course of study of history before the end of the Western Roman Empire A.D. 476. 2. information or an event of the recent past that is common knowledge or is no longer pertinent: Last week s news is ancient history. 3. an event,… …   Universalium

  • ancient history — n. someone or something completely forgotten, especially past romances. (See also history.) □ Bob? I never think about Bob anymore. He’s ancient history. □ That business about joining the army is ancient history …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • Ancient history — information or events of the recent past which are common knowledge or are no longer relevant: As far as I m concerned, he s ancient history ; finished or gone irrevocably …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • ancient history — Australian Slang information or events of the recent past which are common knowledge or are no longer relevant: As far as I m concerned, he s ancient history ; finished or gone irrevocably …   English dialects glossary

  • ancient history — UK / US noun [uncountable] 1) the study of the people and way of life that existed a very long time ago, especially in Greece or Rome 2) informal things that happened a long time ago and so are no longer important You can t still be upset about… …   English dictionary

  • ancient history — history of times long past; something that is no longer a main issue, something that is no longer important or relevant …   English contemporary dictionary

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