Ancient Historyof or in time long past, esp. before the end of the Western Roman Empire a.d. 476:ancient history.
dating from a remote period; of great age:ancient rocks; ancient trees.
very old; aged:an ancient folk tale.
being old in wisdom and experience; venerable.
old-fashioned or antique.
a person who lived in ancient times.
one of the classical writers of antiquity.
a very old or aged person, esp. if venerable or patriarchal.
the civilized peoples, nations, or cultures of antiquity, as the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, and Egyptians (usually prec. by the).
the writers, artists, and philosophers of ancient times, esp. those of Greece and Rome.
Vulgar Latin *antiānus, equivalent. to Latin ante(ā) before (see ante-) + -ānus -an; late Middle English forms with -t- developed by confusion with the present participle ending -nt (see -ent)
Anglo-French; Old French ancien
Middle English auncien 1300–50
2, 3.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedAncient,antiquated,antique,old- fashioned refer to something dating from the past. Ancient implies existence or first occurrence in a distant past:an ancient custom.Antiquated connotes something too old or no longer useful:an antiquated building.Antique suggests a curious or pleasing quality in something old:antique furniture.Old-fashioned may disparage something as being out of date or may approve something old as being superior:an old-fashioned hat; old-fashioned courtesy.
2, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged new, modern.
the bearer of a flag.
a flag, banner, or standard; ensign.
variant of ensign by confusion with ancient1 1545–55