Definition of ancient adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈeɪnʃənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪnʃənt//
    Describing architecture
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  1. 1  belonging to a period of history that is thousands of years in the past ancient history/civilization ancient Greece opposite modern See related entries: Describing architecture
  2. 2  very old; having existed for a very long time an ancient oak tree ancient monuments (humorous) He's ancient—he must be at least fifty! See related entries: Describing architecture
  3. 3the ancients noun [plural] the people who lived in ancient times, especially the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French ancien, based on Latin ante ‘before’.Extra examples The man looked positively ancient. Archaeologists are excavating the ruined temples of this ancient civilization. He’s ancient—he must be at least fifty! The area is still covered by huge ancient forests. The law protects ancient monuments and old churches. This philosophy dates back to ancient Greece.
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