ETYM Old Eng. auncien, French ancien, Late Lat. antianus, from Latin ante before. Related to Ante-, pref.
1. Belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
2. Very old.
1. An aged living being
2. A person who lived in ancient times: a plural; the civilized people of antiquity; especially; those of the classical nations; one of the classical authors
3. An ancient coin