Ancestor - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈænsestər|  American pronunciation of the word ancestor
Brit.  |ˈansɛstə|  British pronunciation of the word ancestor


- someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) (syn: antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root)


My ancestors came to America during the 1800s.

Her ancestors were great sea captains.

an ancient animal that was the ancestor of the modern horse

The museum included an exhibit showing ancestors of the modern computer.

several languages that are derived from a common ancestor

Latin is the ancestor of Italian and French.

My ancestors were French.

Lions and house cats evolved from a common ancestor (=the same ancestor).

Babbage's invention was the ancestor of the modern computer.

They have a common ancestor.

The Romantic composers saw Beethoven as a spiritual ancestor.

...since an ancestor settled there in the 19th century, farming has been the only occupation for six generations of the family...

the clone was a copy of its ancestor

'proto' is a combining form in a word like 'protolanguage' that refers to the hypothetical ancestor of another language or group of languages

Word forms

singular: ancestor
plural: ancestors
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