ancient
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English ancien, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *anteanus, from Latin ante before — more at ante- Date: 14th century 1. having had an existence of many years 2. of or relating to a remote period, to a time early in history, or to those living in such a period or time; especially of or relating to the historical period beginning with the earliest known civilizations and extending to the fall of the western Roman Empire in A.D. 476 3. having the qualities of age or long existence: as a. venerable b. old-fashioned, antique Synonyms: see oldancientness noun II. noun Date: 1502 1. an aged living being <
a penniless ancient
>
2. a person who lived in ancient times: a. plural the civilized people of antiquity; especially those of the classical nations b. one of the classical authors <
Plutarch and other ancients
>
3. an ancient coin III. noun Etymology: alteration of ensign Date: 1554 1. archaic ensign, standard, flag 2. obsolete the bearer of an ensign

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