Old; that happened or existed in former times, usually at a great distance of time; belonging to times long past; specifically applied to the times before the fall of the Roman empire; -- opposed to modern; as, ancient authors, literature, history; ancient days.
Old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle.
Known for a long time, or from early times; -- opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent.
Those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the moderns.
From an Old French word meaning "before," ancient usually refers to the period prior to the decimation of the western Roman Empire by Germanic barbarian invaders from the north, thus prior to the 500's CE.
belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire; "ancient history"; "ancient civilizations such as those of the Etruscans and Sumerians"; "ancient Greece"
very old; "an ancient mariner"
Someone who, through magick, is able to sustain a very long life span. One cannot become an Ancient; they are only born into families with great magick within them. Ancients are usually Alpha-Wizards, Elemental-Wizards, or Pureblood-Morphs. An Ancient is basically a magickal mutation. The person will age normally until reaching about 35 years old. At that point, there is no further change and none of the signs of physical age appear. The age limit may have something to do with the fact that people didn't get much older than 35 for a significant fraction of our history.
Very old. From a very long time ago.