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Definition 1: a person who lived in ancient times - [noun denoting person]

(ancient is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

Definition 2: a very old person - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for ancient in the sense of this definition

(ancient is a kind of ...) an elderly person

Definition 3: very old - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ancient or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an ancient mariner

(ancient is similar to ...) (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age

"his mother is very old" "a ripe old age" "how old are you?"

Definition 4: belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ancient or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(ancient is similar to ...) earlier than the present time; no longer current

"time past" "his youth is past" "this past Thursday" "the past year"

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