Definition of ancient:
- A senior; an elder; a predecessor.
- An aged man; a patriarch. Hence: A governor; a ruler; a person of influence.
- An ensign or flag.
- Dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable.
- Experienced; versed.
- Former; sometime.
- Known for a long time, or from early times; - opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent.
- 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.
- Old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle.
- One of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery.
- The bearer of a flag; an ensign.
- Those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the moderns.
olden, youth, elder, start, oldster, study at, antediluvian patriarch, high, age-old, old-fashioned, immemorial, classical, hoary, quaint, old-timer, senior, senior citizen, early, golden ager, timeworn, new.
- aged (part of speech: adjective)
- past (part of speech: adjective)
- old (part of speech: adjective)
- "Further Foolishness", Stephen Leacock.
- "The English Language", Robert Gordon Latham.
- "Old Peter's Russian Tales", Arthur Ransome.