ancient ADJECTIVE 1) belonging to or originating in the very distant past. 2) chiefly humorous very old.
NOUN 1) archaic or humorous an old man. 2) (the ancients) the people of ancient times.
DERIVATIVES anciently adverb.
ORIGIN Old French ancien, from Latin ante 'before' .

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