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Alternative forms 
- anchient (obsolete)
- antient (obsolete)
- aunchient (obsolete)
- auncient (obsolete)
- auntient (obsolete)
- awncient (obsolete)
- awntient (obsolete)
- Having lasted from a remote period; having been of long duration; of great age; very old.
- an ancient city
- an ancient forest
- Existent or occurring in time long past, usually in remote ages; belonging to or associated with antiquity; old, as opposed to modern.
- an ancient author
- an ancient empire
- 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, Internal Combustion:
- Buried within the Mediterranean littoral are some seventy to ninety million tons of slag from ancient smelting, about a third of it concentrated in Iberia. This ceaseless industrial fueling caused the deforestation of an estimated fifty to seventy million acres of woodlands.
Derived terms 
terms derived from ancient
Related terms 
having lasted from a remote period
existent or occurring in time long past
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ancient (plural ancients)
- A person who is very old or who lived in ancient times.
- (heraldry, archaic) A flag, banner, standard or ensign.
- The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at 
- ancient in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- ancient in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- ancient at OneLook Dictionary Search