Definition of 'ancient'
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The world governing body dismissed it as ancient history. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But the upshot is more than ancient history. Smithsonian Mag (2017)Those most sceptical of the ancient charmer were people with a family experience of the dark side of the regime. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The bulldozers will damage ancient woodland. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The Brexit vote is not yet ancient history but it has become part of the political furniture. Times, Sunday Times (2016)With internet access heavily restricted, many people relied on ancient mobile phones to pass on the news. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Week one : ancient ruins. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The Woodland Trust has also argued that the ancient woodland would be irreplaceable. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Walk in its ancient woodlands, then thaw out in the outdoor hot tub or the Moroccan hammam. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The immune system is far more ancient than the brain. PLACEBO: The Belief Effect (2003)But the art of creative history writing is an ancient one. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Two miles inland you can discover remains from a more ancient past. A Guide to Megalithic Ireland (1992)Discover the history and culture of civilizations ancient and modern. Times, Sunday Times (2009)In ancient times this used to be the festival of the dead. What the Bee Knows - reflections on myth, symbol and story (1989)This simple observation unlocked the ancient world. WALKING THE BIBLE (2001)Ancient man is known to have been using spears at that period. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It is the kind of myth an ancient people might make to explain celestial phenomena. TOLKIEN AND THE GREAT WAR: The Threshold of Middle-earth (2003)It should all be so much ancient history. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Ancient woodland is far more than a group of trees which can be replaced by new planting. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It is also surrounded by ancient oak forests and wildflower meadows. The Sun (2015)This is without justification either ancient or modern. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)The play wove together the ancient past and vibrant present in a compelling mix. Times, Sunday Times (2013)All ancient civilizations have records of the use of herbs in the treatment of common illnesses. Eczema Relief - the comprehensive self-help plan (1990)Sometimes an ancient building that has existed for thousands of years gets in the way of a road and it just disappears. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The ancient Egyptians planned their exit from childhood. Times, Sunday Times (2014)More than half of ancient woodland has been lost since the 1930s. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Music, ballet and theatre in the ancient capital town. Collins Traveller - The Algarve (1993)Instead, he has kept the ancient building as the village local. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Could the man be an ancient Egyptian? Modern Literatures of the Non-Western World: Where the Waters Are Born (1995)You can enjoy ancient oak woodlands, breathtaking views and millions of years of history at this reserve. Times, Sunday Times (2012)In a nutshell: Another one from ancient times. The Sun (2011)
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Translations for 'ancient'
British English: ancient /ˈeɪnʃənt/ ADJECTIVE
Ancient means very old, or having existed for a long time.
...ancient Greece and Rome.
- American English: ancient
- Arabic: قَدِيـم
- Brazilian Portuguese: antigo
- Chinese: 远古的
- Croatian: prastar
- Czech: starověký/starobylý
- Danish: oldtids-
- Dutch: antiek oud
- European Spanish: antiguo viejo
- Finnish: muinainen
- French: ancien vieux
- German: uralt
- Greek: αρχαίος
- Italian: antico
- Japanese: 大昔の
- Korean: 고대의
- Norwegian: eldgammel
- Polish: starożytny
- European Portuguese: antigo
- Romanian: anticstrăvechi
- Russian: древний
- Spanish: antiguo
- Swedish: forntida
- Thai: โบราณ
- Turkish: eski
- Ukrainian: стародавній
- Vietnamese: cổ đại
Definition of ancient from the Collins English Dictionary
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