a) in or of times long ago: ancient Rome or ancient Greece.
b) (old use or humour) an ancient man
a) having lived or existed for a long time or long enough to show signs of age .
He sells old and new books
b) having been in use for a long time.
c) of an old period in the history of Language :
d) advanced in age.
He is as old as James
Idiom: As old as the hills
a) Often emphatic (of a person) getting near old age.
An elderly man
My father is getting elderly.
The elderly should not climb these stairs.
a) being old and therefore valuable
Many proprietors try to furnish their hotels with antique furniture
CLASSIC / CLASSICAL
a) a work of literature, esp. if written long ago or in a special way which is considered very good.
Most of Shakespeare’s plays are now classics of the theatre/theatre classics
b) very good,esp. because of a kind that has for a long time been considered good, especial
This is a really classic French wine
c) very true or suitable
This is a classic example of how Roman houses were built.
CLASSICAL: of music
Beethoven wrote classical music
a) of the times whose history has been recorded
They are arguing as to whether King Arthur was really a historic figure or whether he never existed at all.
b) important in history.
This change in government is a historic event of out times.
· HISTORICAL: of or connected with history
He writes historical plays
She is a member of the Historical Society.