an·ces·tral | \an-ˈses-trəl \

Definition of ancestral 

: of, relating to, or inherited from an ancestor ancestral estates

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ancestrally \-trə-lē \ adverb

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It was first laid out by a local dynasty of milk merchants who built the house on ancestral land before their fortune evaporated and they were forced to sell. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Male Patterned Boldness: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria Ode to Villa Carlotta," 9 July 2018 She and Herman were travel enthusiasts, eagerly exploring the US and countries around the world, including frequent trips to Edith's ancestral roots in France. Hartford Courant,, "Edith Ziffer," 7 Apr. 2018 Speaking of, Mezcal is the name of the signature restaurant by chef Alexis Palacios, serving modern Mexican food that riffs off ancestral culinary traditions. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Gets New Los Cabos Getaway," 18 June 2018 Climate change is an urgent matter for the Quinault Indian Nation, which is frantically drawing up plans to relocate from its ancestral villages because of sea-level rise. Kate Yoder, WIRED, "Can This State Finally Put a Price on Carbon?," 7 June 2018 And the youth have focused much of their attention on women’s rights, pitting them against community elders who want to uphold ancestral traditions and value systems. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "One community’s battle over virginity tests in western India," 8 Apr. 2018 This legacy continues to impact the relationship between Christianity and Native Alaskan ancestral traditions and culture. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage pastors: Proposition 1 is irreconcilable with the Gospel," 11 Mar. 2018 Many were later detained, including some American citizens with ancestral ties to countries at war with the U.S. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Early immigrants to Indianapolis and their hard-won path to citizenship," 22 June 2018 All eyes have been on Chicago’s Croatian-Americans recently as their ancestral team gears up to compete in its first World Cup final Sunday. Tessa Weinberg,, "5 things to know about Chicago's Croatian community," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of ancestral

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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an·ces·tral | \an-ˈse-strəl \

Kids Definition of ancestral

: of, relating to, or coming from an ancestor They visited their ancestral home.

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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