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ancient

adjective uk   /ˈeɪn.ʃənt/ us  
B1 of or from a long time ago, having lasted for a very long time: ancient civilizations/rights/laws ancient monuments/ruins/woodlands the ancient kingdoms of Mexico People have lived in this valley since ancient times. History, ancient and modern, has taught these people an intense distrust of their neighbours. informal very old: He's got an ancient laptop.B1 used to refer to the period in European history from the earliest known societies to the end of the Roman Empire: the ancient Egyptians/Greeks/Romans The ancient Britons inhabited these parts of England before the Roman invasion.
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in Korean 고대의…
in Arabic قَديم, عَتيق…
in French ancien, très vieux…
in Turkish eskiden olan, çok önceleri olan, eskiden beri…
in Italian antico…
in Chinese (Traditional) 古代的, 古老的, 年代久遠的…
in Russian древний, старинный…
in Polish starożytny, wiekowy…
in Spanish antiguo, viejo…
in Portuguese antigo…
in German alt, uralt…
in Catalan antic…
in Japanese 古代の, 大昔の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 古代的, 古老的, 年代久远的…
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