ancient

  • 21ancient — 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… …

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  • 22ancient — an|cient [ eınʃənt ] adjective *** 1. ) very old: an ancient city/book/tradition 2. ) relating to people who lived a very long time ago, and to their culture and way of life: the ancient Greeks/Britons/Egyptians recently discovered remains of an… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 23ancient — [14] Like antique, ancient was originally, in Latin, an adjectivized version of the adverb and preposition ‘before’: to ante ‘before’ was added the adjective suffix ānus, to produce the adjective *anteānus ‘going before’. In Old French this… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 24ancient — 1 adjective 1 belonging to a time long ago: the ancient civilizations of Asia 2 having existed for a very long time: an ancient walled city 3 usually humorous very old: That photo makes me look ancient! 2 noun the ancients old use people who… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 25ancient — adjective 1) in ancient times Syn: of long ago, early, prehistoric, primeval, primordial, primitive; literary of yore; archaic foregone Ant: recent, contemporary 2) an ancient custom Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 26ancient — adjective 1) ancient civilizations Syn: early, prehistoric, primeval, primordial, primitive 2) an ancient custom Syn: old, age old, archaic, antediluvian, time honoured 3) …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 27ancient */*/*/ — UK [ˈeɪnʃ(ə)nt] / US [ˈeɪnʃənt] adjective 1) very old an ancient city/book/tradition 2) relating to people who lived thousands of years ago, and to their way of life the ancient Greeks/Britons/Egyptians recently discovered remains of an ancient… …

    English dictionary

  • 28ancient — I an•cient [[t]ˈeɪn ʃənt[/t]] adj. 1) cv anh of or in time long past, esp. before the end of the Western Roman Empire a.d. 476 2) dating from a remote period: ancient rocks[/ex] 3) very old; aged 4) old in wisdom and experience 5) old fashioned… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 29ancient — In the ordinary meaning of the term, very old, something that has existed for a long time; pertaining to the ancient world, that is, the world as it existed prior to the end of the Roman Empire. In law, the term ancient is not limited to what is… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 30ancient — [14] Like antique, ancient was originally, in Latin, an adjectivized version of the adverb and preposition ‘before’: to ante ‘before’ was added the adjective suffix ānus, to produce the adjective *anteānus ‘going before’. In Old French this… …

    Word origins

  • 31ancient — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ incredibly …

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  • 32ancient — an·cient || eɪnʃənt adj. very old, antique, archaic n. person who lived in the distant past, member of an ancient people (such as the ancient Greeks) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 33ancient — ancient1 adjective belonging to or originating in the very distant past. ↘chiefly humorous very old. noun 1》 archaic or humorous an old man. 2》 (the ancients) the people of ancient times, especially the classical Greeks and Romans. Phrases the… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 34ancient*/*/ — [ˈeɪnʃ(ə)nt] adj 1) very old an ancient city/book/tradition[/ex] 2) relating to a period of history a very long time ago the ancient Greeks/Britons/Egyptians[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 35ancient — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. aged, venerable; antique, antiquated; archaic, hoary. See age, oldness.Ant., recent, modern, new. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Very old] Syn. antique, antiquated, aged; see old 1 , 2 , 3 , old… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 36ancient — adj 1. primeval, primal, prehistoric, pre glacial, preadamic, Noachian, Noachiac, Noachical, antediluvian, before the Flood or Deluge; eolithic, Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic; pristine, early, earliest, primitive, primordial, primigenial. 2 …

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  • 37ancient —   Kahiko; mauliauhonua (rare).    ♦ Ancient times, wā kahiko, kumupa a, kuapapa …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 38ancient — Synonyms and related words: Bronze Age man, Hominidae, Iron Age man, Stone Age man, abiding, aboriginal, aborigine, advanced, advanced in life, advanced in years, age long, age old, aged, ageing, ageless, along in years, antediluvian, anthropoid …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 39ancient —    Loosely, very old, antiquated or old fashioned. Often more specifically of the ages before the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 CE; especially of China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc. Also see Buddhist art, Egyptian art, encaustic, Etruscan… …

    Glossary of Art Terms

  • 40ancient — a. 1. Old, primitive, pristine, of eld, of old time, not modern. See olden. 2. Of great age, of long duration. 3. Antiquated, antique, archaic, obsolete, bygone, old fashioned, out of fashion, out of date, gone by …

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