ancien

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French ancien, from Old French ancien, from a Vulgar Latin root *anteanus or *antianu, from Latin ante. As the word does not completely conform to the expected phonetic evolution, it may have been semi-learned and used initially by clerics who were aware of the Vulgar Latin word (which does not appear until the (Old) French one does). See also the related Old and Middle French ains.

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Adjective[edit]

ancien (feminine singular ancienne, masculine plural anciens, feminine plural anciennes)

  1. (before a noun) old, former, ex-:
    Mon ancien petit ami m'a plaquée.
    My ex-boyfriend ditched me.
  2. (after a noun) ancient

Usage notes[edit]

  • When ancien comes before the noun it modifies, it means old, former or ex-; after, it means ancient.

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French ancien.

Adjective[edit]

ancien m (feminine singular ancienne, masculine plural anciens, feminine plural anciennes)

  1. old
  2. previous; former

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French ancien, from Vulgar Latin *anteanus or *antianu, from Latin ante.

Adjective[edit]

ancien m

  1. (Jersey) ancient

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Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • ancïen (diaereses not universally used by scholars of Old French)
  • anciien

Etymology[edit]

From a Vulgar Latin root *anteanus or *antianu, from Latin ante. Possibly a semi-learned word originally used by clerics. See also the related ains, ainz.

Adjective[edit]

ancien m (oblique and nominative feminine singular anciene)

  1. old; ancient

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