ancient history


Definition of ancient history

1 : the history of ancient times
2 : something from the past dismissed as no longer important or relevant to the present regarding their former dispute as ancient history

Examples of ancient history in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the next generation of startup founders, the contributions of Bill Gates feel like ancient history. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 13 Jan. 2022 There are still many traces of this ancient history there, including a large amphitheater. Andrew Wight, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Given the fact that the U.K. just experienced its driest May on record, more ancient history may be ripe for discovery. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 June 2020 To Roy, safe drinking water is a timeless and endlessly interesting problem that spans ancient history, when people were drawing directly from rivers, to the present day when communities worry about toxins in their tap. Justin Chen, STAT, 20 Nov. 2021 But other airlines have suggested the exorbitant wait times of early summer are ancient history, something that does not seem to be reflected by customers’ stories. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 And references to it can be found throughout ancient history, in the works of Homer as well as in the Bible and Quran. Joe Minihane, CNN, 29 Oct. 2021 The hotel feels exceptionally remote and connects guests to an exciting, ancient history. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 23 Sep. 2021 Although her focus is ancient history, such as Greek and Roman civilizations, Ruby has discussed with her students living through history-making events like the present-day pandemic. David Anderson,, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ancient history

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ancient history was in 1555

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21 Jan 2022

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“Ancient history.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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