- of or in time long past, especially before the end of the Western Roman Empire a.d. 476: ancient history.
- dating from a remote period; of great age: ancient rocks; ancient trees.
- very old; aged: an ancient folk tale.
- being old in wisdom and experience; venerable.
- old-fashioned or antique.
- a person who lived in ancient times.
- one of the classical writers of antiquity.
- a very old or aged person, especially if venerable or patriarchal.
- the civilized peoples, nations, or cultures of antiquity, as the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, and Egyptians (usually preceded by the).
- the writers, artists, and philosophers of ancient times, especially those of Greece and Rome.
Origin of ancient1
- the bearer of a flag.
- a flag, banner, or standard; ensign.
Origin of ancient2
Examples from the Web for ancient
Historical justifications for most modern celebrations can be found in the ancient world.
Ancient Romans exchanged gifts of figs and honey and would make sure to work part of the day as a good omen for the coming year.
The ancient Egyptian festival of Wepet Renpet (“opening of the year”) was not just a time of rebirth—it was dedicated to drinking.
So, for that matter, was Gladiator, the previous foray into ancient legend by director Ridley Scott.Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite
December 14, 2014
Smiles, or lack thereof, did not bring down the Ancient Regime, of course.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
The ancient priest who drew it must have placed it there for a definite purpose.
So far, the story of ancient man has been the record of a wonderful achievement.
All the systems of writing of the ancient people of Asia had one thing in common.
Giles was their “ancient” and had charge of the banner, nor could it be doubted that he had flourished.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
But Babylon was made into one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
- (often plural) a member of a civilized nation in the ancient world, esp a Greek, Roman, or Hebrew
- (often plural) one of the classical authors of Greek or Roman antiquity
- archaic an old man
- a flag or other banner; standard
- a standard-bearer; ensign
Word Origin and History for ancient
mid-14c., auncyen, from Old French ancien "old, long-standing, ancient," from Vulgar Latin *anteanus, literally "from before," adjectivization of Latin ante "before, in front of, against" (from PIE *anti "against," locative singular of *ant- "front, forehead;" see ante). The parasitic -t dates from 15c. by influence of words in -ent.
Specifically, in history, "belonging to the period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire" (and contrasted with medieval and modern). In English law, "from before the Norman Conquest." Ancient of Days is from Dan. vii:9. Related: Anciently.
"standard-bearer," 1550s, a corruption of ensign. Archaic, but preserved in Shakespeare's character Aunchient Pistoll in "Henry V."