FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French ancien, from Old French ancien, from a Vulgar Latin root *anteanus or *antianu, from Latin ante. As the word does not completely conform to the expected phonetic evolution, it may have been semi-learned and used initially by clerics who were aware of the Vulgar Latin word (which does not appear until the (Old) French one does). See also the related Old and Middle French ains.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

ancien (feminine singular ancienne, masculine plural anciens, feminine plural anciennes)

  1. (before a noun) old, former, ex-:
    Mon ancien petit ami m'a plaquée.
    My ex-boyfriend ditched me.
  2. (after a noun) ancient
    le grec ancien
    the Ancient Greek language

Usage notesEdit

  • When ancien comes before the noun it modifies, it means old, former or ex-; after, it means ancient.

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Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French ancien.

AdjectiveEdit

ancien m (feminine singular ancienne, masculine plural anciens, feminine plural anciennes)

  1. old
  2. previous; former

DescendantsEdit

  • French: ancien

NormanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French ancien, from Vulgar Latin *anteanus or *antianu, from Latin ante.

AdjectiveEdit

ancien m

  1. (Jersey) ancient

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Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • ancïen (diaereses not universally used by scholars of Old French)
  • anciien

EtymologyEdit

From a Vulgar Latin root *anteanus or *antianu, from Latin ante. Considering the preserved intermediate consonant -t- and such not lost during sound changes, possibly a semi-learned word originally used by clerics. See also the related ains, ainz.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

ancien m (oblique and nominative feminine singular anciene)

  1. old; ancient

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