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"ancient" in British English

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ancientadjective

uk   /ˈeɪn.ʃənt/  us   /ˈeɪn.ʃənt/
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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(Definition of ancient from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ancient" in American English

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ancientadjective

 us   /ˈeɪn·ʃənt/
of or from a very long time ago: Archaeologists study the remains of ancient civilizations.
infml Something that is ancient is very old: This computer is ancient – I’ve got to get a new one.
(Definition of ancient from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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