a very old person
a person who lived in ancient times
belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire
"ancient history"; "ancient civilizations such as those of the Etruscans and Sumerians"; "ancient Greece"
"an ancient mariner"
ancient(noun)Having lasted from a remote period; having been of long duration; of great age; very old.
ancient(adjective)Existent or occurring in time long past, usually in remote ages; belonging to or associated with antiquity; old, as opposed to modern.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Antique refers to an ancient, antiquated to a discarded style. Antique is that which is either ancient in fact or ancient in style. The reference is to the style rather than to the age. We can speak of the antique architecture of a church just built. The difference between antiquated and antique is not in the age, for a Puritan style may be scorned as antiquated, while a Roman or Renaissance style may be prized as antique. The antiquated is not so much out of date as out of vogue. Old-fashioned may be used approvingly or contemptuously. In the latter case it becomes a synonym for antiquated; in the good sense it approaches the meaning of antique, but indicates less duration. We call a wide New England fireplace old-fashioned; a coin of the Cæsars, antique. Quaint combines the idea of age with a pleasing oddity; as, a quaint gambrel-roofed house. Antiquated is sometimes used of persons in a sense akin to superannuated. The antiquated person is out of style and out of sympathy with the present generation by reason of age; the superannuated person is incapacitated for present activities by reason of age. Compare OLD.
antiqued means old fashioned, produced in a former period
an antiqued door
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Translations for ancient
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- قديم, عتيق, القديمةArabic
- vetust, anticCatalan, Valencian
- uralt, antikGerman
- muinainen, ikivanha, ammoinenFinnish
- antique, ancienFrench
- հնադարյան, հինավուրց, հինArmenian
- 古い, 古代Japanese
- vetus, senex, antiquus, priscusLatin
- eeuwenoud, oeroud, weleers, antiek, eertijdsDutch
- старинный, древний, античныйRussian
- star, starodrevan, drevanSerbo-Croatian
- uråldrig, antik, forntida, urgammal, fornSwedish
- eski, antik, antikaTurkish
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