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ancient meaning

EN[ˈeɪnʃənt] [ˈeɪntʃənt]
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    Definition of ancient in English Dictionary

  • NounPLancientsSUF-ent
    1. A person who is very old.
      1. A person who lived in ancient times.
        1. (heraldry, archaic) A flag, banner, standard or ensign.
          1. (Britain, law) One of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery.
            1. OBS A senior; an elder; a predecessor.
            2. AdjectiveCOMancienterCOMmore ancientSUPancientestSUPmost ancient
              1. Having lasted from a remote period; having been of long duration; of great age; very old.
                1. ‘I understand that the district was considered a sort of sanctuary,’ the Chief was saying. ‘An Alsatia like the ancient one behind the Strand, or the Saffron Hill before the First World War. […]’
              2. Existent or occurring in time long past, usually in remote ages; belonging to or associated with antiquity; old, as opposed to modern.
                1. Buried within the Mediterranean littoral are some seventy to ninety million tons of slag from ancient smelting, about a third of it concentrated in Iberia. This ceaseless industrial fueling caused the deforestation of an estimated fifty to seventy million acres of woodlands.
              3. (historical) Relating to antiquity as a primarily European historical period; the time before the Middle Ages.
                1. OBS Experienced; versed.
                  1. OBS Former; sometime.
                  2. More Examples
                    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                      • Mrs. Winkle (Fulgar carica). As there are no trees in the ocean, they pride themselves on their "family tails," which are quite as ancient and just as important.
                      • Greco-Roman wrestling is an Olympic sport bringing back the style of the Ancient Greeks and Roman physicality.
                      • No practice is more demanding than santhara, which was first mentioned in texts written more than 1,500 years ago and derives from a word in the ancient Prakrit language meaning “bed of grass.”
                    2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                      • Ancient Rome took over lands throughout the known world. ‎
                    3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                      • The Sling is also a weapon of great antiquity, formerly in high estimation among the ancients.
                  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                    1. Adjectives
                      • Nouns
                        • Countable nouns
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                      1. en ancienty
                      2. en ancients
                      3. en ancienter
                      4. en anciently
                      5. en ancientry
                      Source: Wiktionary
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                      Grammatically, this word "ancient" is an adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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