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Definition of ancient:

  1. A senior; an elder; a predecessor.
  2. An aged man; a patriarch. Hence: A governor; a ruler; a person of influence.
  3. An ensign or flag.
  4. Dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable.
  5. Experienced; versed.
  6. Former; sometime.
  7. Known for a long time, or from early times; - opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent.
  8. 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.
  9. Old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle.
  10. One of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery.
  11. The bearer of a flag; an ensign.
  12. Those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the moderns.

Synonyms:

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.

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