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1    dating from very long ago  
ancient ruins     
2    very old; aged  
3    of the far past, esp. before the collapse of the Western Roman Empire (476 a.d.)  
   Compare       medieval       modern  
4      (Law)   having existed since before the time of legal memory  
5    often pl   a member of a civilized nation in the ancient world, esp. a Greek, Roman, or Hebrew  
6    often pl   one of the classical authors of Greek or Roman antiquity  
7    Archaic   an old man  
     (C14: from Old French ancien, from Vulgar Latin anteanus (unattested), from Latin ante before)  
  ancientness      n  
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