• synonyms


[eyn-shuh nt-lee]
See more synonyms for anciently on Thesaurus.com
  1. in ancient times; of old.
Show More

Origin of anciently

First recorded in 1495–1505; ancient1 + -ly
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for anciently

Historical Examples of anciently

  • Stern, however, appears to have been anciently synonymous to rudder.

    King Henry the Fifth

    William Shakespeare

  • Anciently, in the case of a common misfortune, the representative was put to death.


    William Graham Sumner

  • In France they anciently had the bell and the crier (the Roman præco).

    The Book-Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

  • There was one anciently at Thorn, about which a ballad and legend exist.

  • Anciently, we know that recourse was had to both of these systems.

British Dictionary definitions for anciently


  1. in ancient times
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012