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ANCIENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ancient mean? 

ANCIENT (noun)
  The noun ANCIENT has 2 senses:

1. a very old person
2. a person who lived in ancient times

  Familiarity information: ANCIENT used as a noun is rare.


ANCIENT (adjective)
  The adjective ANCIENT has 2 senses:

1. belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire
2. very old

  Familiarity information: ANCIENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANCIENT (noun)


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Meaning:

A very old person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

ancient; antediluvian

Hypernyms ("ancient" is a kind of...):

golden ager; old person; oldster; senior citizen (an elderly person)


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Meaning:

A person who lived in ancient times

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("ancient" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)


ANCIENT (adjective)


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Meaning:

Belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire

Context examples:

ancient history / ancient civilizations such as those of the Etruscans and Sumerians / ancient Greece

Similar:

past (earlier than the present time; no longer current)


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Meaning:

Very old

Context example:

an ancient mariner

Similar:

old ((used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age)


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