Definition of ancestor
1a : one from whom a person is descended and who is usually more remote in the line of descent than a grandparent Her ancestors came to America in the 1880s.b : forefather 2
3 : a progenitor (see progenitor 1b) of a more recent or existing species or group the ancestor of the modern horse
Examples of ancestor in a sentence
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.
Recent Examples of ancestor from the web
See, now the ancestors responded, the heavens have opened in a big way.
Doyle and Cumberbatch’s common ancestor was John of Gaunt, the duke of Lancaster and the fourth son of King Edward III of England, who lived in the 14th Century, the website said.
Now their ancient ancestors, including Ford Broncos, Jeep Grand Wagoneers, International Harvester Scouts and Land Rovers from the 1960s and ’70s, are throwing their considerable weight around, too.
According to family lore, a maternal ancestor was a Reconstruction legislator; a grandfather was active in the Communist Party–affiliated Popular Front; his father was a civil-rights activist.
But as dollars flooded the country during the United Nations protectorate from 1992 to 1993, ancestor spirits began to evince a preference for American currency, especially $100 bills.
The new vessel aims to be as visually identical to its celebrity ancestor as possible.
The English gentleman type, which Bond does a poor imitation of, goes to a family tailor, has sentimental attachments to particular, often unknown, purveyors of Spanish riding boots, and wears family watches that ancestors wore into battle.
That's the texture of gum tragacanth, hallowed historic confectionery ingredient essential for wedding cakes and other elaborate pastry productions, and ancestor of today's Modernist Cuisine gums used for all manner of unexpected purposes.
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Origin and Etymology of ancestor
Middle English ancestre, from Anglo-French, from Latin antecessor predecessor, from antecedere to go before, from ante- + cedere to go
First Known Use: 13th century
ANCESTOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ancestor for English Language Learners
: a person who was in someone's family in past times : one of the people from whom a person is descended
: an animal in the past from which a modern animal developed
: something in the past from which something else has developed
ANCESTOR Defined for Kids
Definition of ancestor for Students
1 : a person from whom someone is descended
2 : something from which something else develops
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