ancient1 /ˈeɪnʃ(ə)nt/

a

I. adjective

1. belonging to the very distant past and no longer in existence

the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean.
2. having been in existence for a very long time

ancient forests.
3.
‹humorous› showing or feeling signs of age or wear

an ancient pair of jeans
you make me feel ancient.
II. noun


‹archaic›
‹humorous› an old man

a solitary ancient in a tweed jacket.
III. phrases

1. the Ancient of Days
a biblical title for God.
2. the ancients
a. the people of ancient times, especially the Greeks and Romans of classical antiquity.
b. the classical Greek and Roman authors.

a thorough knowledge of the ancients is a prerequisite of criticism.
IV. derivatives

ancientness
noun


– origin late Middle English: from Old French ancien, based on Latin ante ‘before’.

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