ancient, aunchient (n.) Old form(s): Auntient
ensign, standard-bearer
1H4 IV.ii.23[Falstaff alone, of his soldiers] my whole charge consists of ancients
2H4 II.iv.67[Drawer to Falstaff] Ancient Pistol's below, and would speak with you
H5 II.i.3[Bardolph to Nym] are Ancient Pistol and you friends yet?
H5 III.vi.12[Fluellen to Gower] There is an aunchient lieutenant there at the pridge
Oth I.i.33[Iago to Roderigo] I ... [must be] his Moorship's Ancient [and throughout the play]
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