ancient etymology

English word ancient comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂énti (Before. In front. Near. Opposite.), Proto-Italic *anti, Latin -anus

Detailed word origin of ancient

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₂énti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Before. In front. Near. Opposite.
*anti Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
-anus Latin (lat) Of or pertaining to; -ian; usually indicates a relationship of position, possession, or origin.
antea Latin (lat) Before, formerly, previously.
*anteanus Latin (lat) (Vulgar Latin) old, ancient.
ancien Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Old; ancient.
auncyen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
ancient English (eng) (UK, legal) One of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery.. (heraldry, archaic) A flag, banner, standard or ensign.. (obsolete) A senior; an elder; a predecessor.. A person who is very old.. A person who lived in ancient times. (history) Relating to antiquity as a primarily European historical period; the time before the Middle Ages.. (obsolete) Experienced; versed.. [...]

Words with the same origin as ancient

Descendants of *h₂énti
abe above afar ahold amelia an ancestor and ante anticipation antique ashore aside asleep beneath by bye engage for hereby on one thereby um unlike
Descendants of *anti
advance advanced advancement advantage
Descendants of -anus
certain chaplain comedian dean figure figured greek magician mean meaning means methane physician politician romance romano serene soprano sovereign suburban trojan urban veteran villain