an·​ces·​tress | \ ˈan-ˌse-strəs How to pronounce ancestress (audio) \

Definition of ancestress

: a female ancestor

Examples of ancestress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Alice, Dana’s ancestress, never becomes much more than a moral quandary: a stubborn victim who is unable to adapt. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021 Yang Asha is the mythical ancestress of the Miao people, an ethnic minority in China closely related to the Hmong of Southeast Asia. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 26 Nov. 2020 His own mother, aged ninety, who remembered her aunt, had been able to share stories of their ancestress with the grandchildren who’d had no idea, before now, what their background might be. Susan Choi, Harper's magazine, 6 Jan. 2020 Enshrined at Kashikodokoro is the sun goddess Amaterasu, the mythological ancestress of Japan’s emperors. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2019 Enshrined at Kashikodokoro is the sun goddess Amaterasu, the mythological ancestress of Japan's emperors. NBC News, 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ancestress

1580, in the meaning defined above

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“Ancestress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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