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descendant

adjective de·scen·dant \di-ˈsen-dənt\

Definition of descendant

  1. 1 :  moving or directed downward

  2. 2 :  proceeding from an ancestor or source



Examples of descendant

  1. <the descendant branches of a weeping willow>



Variants of descendant

also de·scen·dent play \di-ˈsen-dənt\

Origin of descendant

Middle English dessendaunte, from Anglo-French descendant, from Latin descendent-, descendens, present participle of descendere


First Known Use: circa 1555


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descendant

noun de·scen·dant

Simple Definition of descendant

  • : someone who is related to a person or group of people who lived in the past

  • : a plant or animal that is related to a particular plant or animal that lived long ago

  • : something that developed from another thing that was made or existed earlier

Full Definition of descendant

  1. 1 :  one descended from another or from a common stock

  2. 2 :  one deriving directly from a precursor or prototype

Examples of descendant

  1. One of the famous inventor's descendants is also an inventor.

  2. Many people in this area are descendants of German immigrants.

  3. Recent evidence supports the theory that birds are the modern descendants of dinosaurs.

  4. The Italian language is one of Latin's descendants.



Variants of descendant

also descendent

Origin of descendant

French & Latin; French descendant, from Late Latin descendent-, descendens, from Latin


First Known Use: 1600

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