Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or fact of being ancient or very old.
  • n. Old-fashioned style, elaborate ceremony.
  • n. The olden days; antiquity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Antiquity; what is ancient.
  • n. Old age; also, old people.
  • n. Ancient lineage; ancestry; dignity of birth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ancientness; antiquity; qualities peculiar to that which is old.
  • n. Old people: as, “wronging the ancientry,”
  • n. Ancient lineage; dignity of birth.
  • n. Something belonging or relating to ancient times.

Etymologies

From ancient. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I would there were no age between sixteen and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting.

    Horrible Boys

  • ''I would that there were no age between sixteen and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting...''

    Unlinked

  • I would there were no age between sixteen and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting — Hark you now!

    The Winter’s Tale

  • Alderman Constantine, a High Churchman, indignant at being passed over by a junior in the contest for the mayoralty, brought the matter before the Council Board, and produced an old by-law by which aldermen, according to their ancientry, were required to keep their mayoralty.

    The Journal to Stella

  • They are the emblem of our country, of its holiness and ancientry, which we wear with pride on this day of each year.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • I love only that which they defend: the city of the Men of Númenor; and I would have her loved for her memory, her ancientry, her beauty, and her present wisdom.

    The Lord of the Rings

  • I stepped ahead of Margaret into the fine old room, with its pleasant memorials of ancientry.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • And of course Mark did stay; a delightful lunch it was too, on chairs covered with blue holland in a green shadowed room that smelt of dryness and ancientry.

    The Altar Steps

  • With what an inimitable air of wisdom, cynicism, ancientry, learned aloofness and desire to be observed do they stroll to and fro across the quads, so keenly aware in their inmost bosoms of the presence of visitors and determined to grant an appearance of mingled wisdom, great age, and sad doggishness!

    Pipefuls

  • My Sunday at Home is really less important as farce than as evidence of Mr Kipling's enthusiasm for the stillness and ancientry of the English wayside.

    Rudyard Kipling

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