ancient


ancient
an|cient1 W2 [ˈeınʃənt] adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: ancien, from Vulgar Latin anteanus, from Latin ante 'before']
1.) belonging to a time long ago in history, especially thousands of years ago
≠ ↑modern
the ancient civilizations of Asia
Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan
ancient Greece/Egypt/Rome
the religion of ancient Egypt
2.) having existed for a very long time
≠ ↑new
an ancient walled city
an ancient forest
the ancient art of calligraphy
3.) very old - used humorously
That photo makes me look ancient!
4.) ancient history
a) the history of ancient societies, such as Greece or Rome
a professor of ancient history
b) informal if you say that something is ancient history, you mean that it happened a long time ago and is not important now
It's all ancient history and I'm not upset any more.
ancient 2
ancient2 n
the ancients
people who lived long ago, especially the Greeks and Romans
The ancients believed that the sun and moon were planets.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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