an·​cient·​ly ˈān(t)-shənt-lē How to pronounce anciently (audio)
: in ancient times : long ago

Examples of anciently in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In several of the poesie paintings, Titian cast the faces of his protagonists in shadow, obscuring our sense of their inner lives, making them at once more anciently remote and more humanly familiar. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anciently was in the 15th century

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“Anciently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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: in ancient times

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