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Meaning of ANCIENT

Pronunciation:  'eynshunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  very old; "an ancient mariner"
  2. [adj]  belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire; "ancient history"; "ancient civilizations such as those of the Etruscans and Sumerians"; "ancient Greece"

ANCIENT is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: old, past



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \An"cient\, a. [OE. auncien, F. ancien, LL. antianus,
    fr. L. ante before. See {Ante-}, pref.]
    1. Old; that happened or existed in former times, usually at
       a great distance of time; belonging to times long past;
       specifically applied to the times before the fall of the
       Roman empire; -- opposed to {modern}; as, ancient authors,
       literature, history; ancient days.
             Witness those ancient empires of the earth.
             Gildas Albanius . . . much ancienter than his
             namesake surnamed the Wise.           --Fuller.
    2. Old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of
       great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle. ``Our
       ancient bickerings.'' --Shak.
             Remove not the ancient landmarks, which thy fathers
             have set.                             --Prov. xxii.
             An ancient man, strangely habited, asked for
             quarters.                             --Scott.
    3. Known for a long time, or from early times; -- opposed to
       {recent} or {new}; as, the ancient continent.
             A friend, perhaps, or an ancient acquaintance.
    4. Dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable.
             He wrought but some few hours of the day, and then
             would he seem very grave and ancient. --Holland.
    5. Experienced; versed. [Obs.]
             Though [he] was the youngest brother, yet he was the
             most ancient in the business of the realm.
    6. Former; sometime. [Obs.]
             They mourned their ancient leader lost. --Pope.
    {Ancient demesne} (Eng. Law), a tenure by which all manors
       belonging to the crown, in the reign of William the
       Conqueror, were held. The numbers, names, etc., of these
       were all entered in a book called Domesday Book.
    {Ancient lights} (Law), windows and other openings which have
       been enjoined without molestation for more than twenty
       years. In England, and in some of the United States, they
       acquire a prescriptive right.
    Syn: Old; primitive; pristine; antique; antiquated;
         old-fashioned; obsolete.
    Usage: {Ancient}, {Antiquated}, {Obsolete}, {Antique},
           {Antic}, {Old}. -- Ancient is opposed to modern, and
           has antiquity; as, an ancient family, ancient
           landmarks, ancient institutions, systems of thought,
           etc. Antiquated describes that which has gone out of
           use or fashion; as, antiquated furniture, antiquated
           laws, rules, etc. Obsolete is commonly used, instead
           of antiquated, in reference to language, customs,
           etc.; as, an obsolete word or phrase, an obsolete
           expression. Antique is applied, in present usage,
           either to that which has come down from the ancients;
           as, an antique cameo, bust, etc.; or to that which is
           made to imitate some ancient work of art; as, an
           antique temple. In the days of Shakespeare, antique
           was often used for ancient; as, ``an antique song,''
           ``an antique Roman;'' and hence, from singularity
           often attached to what is ancient, it was used in the
           sense of grotesque; as, ``an oak whose antique root
           peeps out; '' and hence came our present word antic,
           denoting grotesque or ridiculous. We usually apply
           both ancient and old to things subject to gradual
           decay. We say, an old man, an ancient record; but
           never, the old stars, an old river or mountain. In
           general, however, ancient is opposed to modern, and
           old to new, fresh, or recent. When we speak of a thing
           that existed formerly, which has ceased to exist, we
           commonly use ancient; as, ancient republics, ancient
           heroes; and not old republics, old heroes. But when
           the thing which began or existed in former times is
           still in existence, we use either ancient or old; as,
           ancient statues or paintings, or old statues or
           paintings; ancient authors, or old authors, meaning
  2. \An"cient\, n.
    1. pl. Those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the
    2. An aged man; a patriarch. Hence: A governor; a ruler; a
       person of influence.
             The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients
             of his people, and the princes thereof. --Isa. iii.
    3. A senior; an elder; a predecessor. [Obs.]
             Junius and Andronicus . . . in Christianity . . .
             were his ancients.                    --Hooker.
    4. pl. (Eng. Law) One of the senior members of the Inns of
       Court or of Chancery.
    {Council of Ancients} (French Hist.), one of the two
       assemblies composing the legislative bodies in 1795.
  3. \An"cient\, n. [Corrupted from ensign.]
    1. An ensign or flag. [Obs.]
             More dishonorable ragged than an old-faced ancient.
    2. The bearer of a flag; an ensign. [Obs.]
             This is Othello's ancient, as I take it. --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of something ancient means that you give matters in life the respect it desereves, and that you are able to look positively at your past and use what you have learned to progress in society.
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