Examples of progenitor in a Sentence
the progenitors of modern art
wild cats that were the progenitors of the house cat
Recent Examples of progenitor from the Web
If the future is like the past, some apparently trivial technology today will be cited 100 years from now as the progenitor of a trillion-dollar industry.
Take Jerry Lewis, 91, whose comic anarchy in the 1950s was the progenitor of Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, Kramer on Seinfeld, the Naked Gun movies, Saturday Night Live and more.
Leaning into his status as a dance-craze progenitor, his AMAs performance drew the connecting line from his fame to that of '90s rapper/dancer MC Hammer.
The Suburban is the auto industry’s longest continually used model name, and the progenitor of modern family-carrying 4WD vehicles.
The Suburban is the auto industry’s longest continually used model name and the progenitor of modern family-carrying 4-wheel-drive vehicles.
One band was so enraptured with the song and its progenitor that its members named their group after the legendary cut.
This alone is a revelation that comes in waves and curdles as a lasting marvel at our long-dead progenitors.
Franz Liszt, well known as the progenitor of virtuosic piano music, was a stalwart visionary, devoted to the future.
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Synonymsfather, forebear (also forbear), forebearer, forefather, grandfather, primogenitor, ancestor
Antonymsdescendant (also descendent)
Related Wordsantecessor, predecessor [archaic]; ancestress, foremother, grandmother, matriarch; grandsire [archaic], patriarch, sire [archaic]; ancestry, antecedents, roots
Near Antonymschildren, family, issue, lineage, offspring, posterity, progeny, seed, stock; daughter, heir, inheritor, scion, son, successor
PROGENITOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of progenitor for English Language Learners
: someone who first thinks of or does something : a person who begins something
: something that is a model for something else : something that begins the development of something else
biology : a person or animal in the past that is related to a person or animal living now
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