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an·ces·tor

 (ăn′sĕs′tər)
n.
1. A person from whom one is descended, especially if more remote than a grandparent; a forebear.
2. A forerunner or predecessor.
3. Law The person from whom an estate has been inherited.
4. Biology The actual or hypothetical organism or stock from which later kinds evolved.

[Middle English auncestre, from Old French, from Latin antecessor, predecessor, from antecessus, past participle of antecēdere, to precede : ante-, ante- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: ancestor, forebear, forefather, progenitor
These nouns denote a person from whom one is descended: a chart showing the genealogy of her ancestors; land once owned by his forebears; a cemetery where some of my forefathers are buried; descended from illustrious progenitors.
Antonym: descendant

ancestor

(ˈænsɛstə)
n
1. (often plural) a person from whom another is directly descended, esp someone more distant than a grandparent; forefather
2. (Biology) an early type of animal or plant from which a later, usually dissimilar, type has evolved
3. a person or thing regarded as a forerunner of a later person or thing: the ancestor of the modern camera.
[C13: from Old French ancestre, from Late Latin antecēssor one who goes before, from Latin antecēdere; see antecede]
ˈancestress fem n

an•ces•tor

(ˈæn sɛs tər; esp. Brit. -sə stər)

n.
1. a person from whom one is descended; forebear; progenitor.
2.
a. the form or stock from which an organism has descended.
b. the actual or assumed earlier type from which a species or other taxon evolved.
3. an object, idea, style, or occurrence serving as a prototype, forerunner, or inspiration to a later one.
4. a person from whom mental, artistic, spiritual, etc., descent is claimed.
[1250–1300; < Old French < Latin antecessor antecessor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ancestor - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)ancestor - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
ancestress - a woman ancestor
forbear, forebear - a person from whom you are descended
forefather, sire, father - the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"
foremother - a woman ancestor
primogenitor, progenitor - an ancestor in the direct line
relative, relation - a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
descendant, descendent - a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race

ancestor

noun
1. forefather, predecessor, precursor, forerunner, forebear, antecedent, progenitor He could trace his ancestors back seven hundred years.
forefather successor, offspring, descendant, progeny, inheritor
2. forerunner, predecessor, prototype, precursor The immediate ancestor of rock 'n' roll is rhythm and blues.

ancestor

noun
1. A person from whom one is descended:
Archaic: predecessor.
2. One that precedes, as in time:
Translations
سَلَفسَلَف، جَد أعْلى
předek
forfaderane
esi-isä
predak
forfaîir
先祖祖先
조상
kilmėprotėvisprotėvių
priekštecissencis
prednik
förfader
บรรพบุรุษ
tổ tiên

ancestor

[ˈænsɪstəʳ] N
1. (= person) → antepasado/a m/f
2. (fig) [of machine, idea, organization] → antecesor(a) m/f, predecesor(a) m/f

ancestor

[ˈænsɛstər] n
(lit)ancêtre mf, aïeul m
(fig) (= antecedent) → ancêtre mf

ancestor

nVorfahr m, → Ahne m; (= progenitor)Stammvater m; ancestor worshipAhnenkult m

ancestor

[ˈænsɪstəʳ] nantenato/a, avo/a

ancestor

(ˈӕnsistə) , ((American) -ses-) feminine ˈancestress noun
a person who was a member of one's family a long time ago and from whom one is descended.
anˈcestral (-ˈses-) adjective
ˈancestryplural ˈancestries noun
a line of ancestors coming down to one's parents. He is of noble ancestry.

ancestor

سَلَف předek forfader Vorfahre πρόγονος antepasado esi-isä ancêtre predak antenato 先祖 조상 voorouder stamfar przodek antepassado предок förfader บรรพบุรุษ ata tổ tiên 祖先

ancestor

n antepasado
References in classic literature ?
If so, we are left to dispose of the awful query, whether each inheritor of the property-conscious of wrong, and failing to rectify it--did not commit anew the great guilt of his ancestor, and incur all its original responsibilities.
The figure of that first ancestor, invested by family tradition with a dim and dusky grandeur, was present to my boyish imagination as far back as I can remember.
Then let him be thankful, and manifest the same by grateful speech and due humility; he were a dog, else, and the heir and ancestor of dogs.
The whole of the Danish nobility were in attendance; consisting of a noble boy in the wash-leather boots of a gigantic ancestor, a venerable Peer with a dirty face who seemed to have risen from the people late in life, and the Danish chivalry with a comb in its hair and a pair of white silk legs, and presenting on the whole a feminine appearance.
On such an occasion the author chanced to call to memory a rhyme recording three names of the manors forfeited by the ancestor of the celebrated Hampden, for striking the Black Prince a blow with his racket, when they quarrelled at tennis;
This house was built in 11780 by an ancestor of my mother," said Trefusis.
I had the honour to have much conversation with Brutus; and was told, "that his ancestor Junius, Socrates, Epaminondas, Cato the younger, Sir Thomas More, and himself were perpetually together:" a sextumvirate, to which all the ages of the world cannot add a seventh.
Has a philosopher like you failed to discover that our country is more to be valued and higher and holier far than mother or father or any ancestor, and more to be regarded in the eyes of the gods and of men of understanding?
She was indeed, as her fellow Martian had said of her, an atavism; a dear and precious reversion to a former type of loved and loving ancestor.
And from the ape the boy learned the methods that had been handed down to Akut from some common ancestor of them both, who had roamed the teeming earth when ferns were trees and crocodiles were birds.
In addition to the sword, there was a portrait representing a nobleman of the time of Henry III, dressed with the greatest elegance, and who wore the Order of the Holy Ghost; and this portrait had certain resemblances of lines with Athos, certain family likenesses which indicated that this great noble, a knight of the Order of the King, was his ancestor.
Do not say that, Debray," returned Beauchamp, laughing, "for here is Chateau-Renaud, who, to cure you of your mania for paradoxes, will pass the sword of Renaud de Montauban, his ancestor, through your body.