ANCIENTS, English law. A term for gentlemen in the Inns of Courts who are of
a certain standing. In the Middle Temple, all who have passed their readings
are termed ancients. In Gray's Inn, the ancients are the oldest barristers;
besides which the society consists of benchers, barristers and students. In
the Inas of Chancery, it consists of ancients, and students or clerks.
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