(usually functioning as sing) the legal right to receive, by a particular window or windows, adequate and unobstructed daylight
ancient lights are not provided for, and chimneys are not mentioned.
The Story of London Henry B. Wheatley
A good example of what I mean is to be found in number fifteen of the collection, “ancient lights.”
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 4th 1914 Various
It was a Celtic shadow that early one morning obstructed my ancient lights.
Urban Sketches Bret Harte
Mr. P. vows he’ll proceed against them for nuisance—interfering with ancient lights.
Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, April 11, 1891 Various
- Ancient mystic order rosae crucis
See under (def 2). Abbreviation: AMORC. (in the 17th and 18th centuries) a person who belonged to a secret society laying claim to various forms of occult knowledge and power and professing esoteric principles of religion. a member of any of several later or modern bodies or societies professing principles derived from or attributed to […]
- Ancient regime
. Contemporary Examples Smiles, or lack thereof, did not bring down the ancient regime, of course. The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles William O’Connor December 13, 2014 Historical Examples In Virginia there continued to appear from England adherents of the ancient regime. Pioneers of the Old South Mary Johnston Their wars became less and […]
- Ancient wisdom
noun pre-Christian knowledge, philosophy, and beliefs Contemporary Examples When you think of proverbs, you picture expressions of ancient wisdom. 13 Crazy, Dirty Modern Proverbs Fred R. Shapiro May 29, 2012 According to ancient wisdom, forgiveness blesses both those who receive it and those who extend it. Dr. Gingrich, or How the GOP Learned To Stop […]
of or in time long past, especially before the end of the Western Roman Empire a.d. 476: ancient history. dating from a remote period; of great age: ancient rocks; ancient trees. very old; aged: an ancient folk tale. being old in wisdom and experience; venerable. old-fashioned or antique. a person who lived in ancient times. […]