[ UK /ˈe‍ɪnʃənt/ ]
[ US /ˈeɪnʃənt, ˈeɪntʃənt/ ]
  1. very old
    an ancient mariner
  2. belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire
    ancient Greece
    ancient history
    ancient civilizations such as those of the Etruscans and Sumerians
  1. a very old person
  2. a person who lived in ancient times
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How To Use ancient In A Sentence

  • Botanical species in this ancient ecosystem included sagebrush, bluegrass, sedges, and herbs.
  • The pictures show squares within squares - the water-holding depressions that in ancient times made the gardens fruitful.
  • The second section of an ancient Greco - Roman letter was prayer or a word of thanks.
  • It shows fractured blocks of ancient sedimentary rock separated by recent sand dunes.
  • Other numerous species include the yellowbilled diver Gavia adamsii, whooper swan Cygnus cygnus, lesser whitefronted goose Anser erythropus, slatybacked gull Larus Schistisagus, Kamchatka tern Sterna camtschatica, guillemot Uria aalge, thickbilled guillemot Uria lomvia, pigeon guillemot Cepphus columbs, ancient murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus, horned puffin Fratercula Corniculata and tufted puffin Lunda cirrhata. Volcanoes of Kamchatka, Russian Federation
  • Agates were apparently highly valued by the ancient Egyptians for their lapidary use and were mounted into gold with other precious stones such as lapis and emeralds.
  • And when he escaped, might it not have been to these ancient, forested hills? Times, Sunday Times
  • The pageant promises to be a curious mixture of the ancient and modern.
  • I could not but acknowledge that the local governments had, as it seemed to him, evinced but little sympathy with Hindooism; and that whatever might be European policy in respect to religion, the East India Company might have participated in the desire which prevails in Europe to develop ancient customs, and the reasons of those customs. Notes and Queries, No. 209, October 29 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Geneologists, etc.
  • Long before the statue was unearthed, the natural process of patination had caused the formation of the red cuprite, blue azurite and green malachite commonly found in ancient bronzes. Apollo Deconstructed
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