ancestral

adjective an·ces·tral \ an-ˈses-trəl \
|Updated on: 1 Aug 2018

Definition of ancestral

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

ancestrally

play \-trə-lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of ancestral

15th century

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ancestral

adjective an·ces·tral \ an-ˈse-strəl \

Definition of ancestral for Students

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


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