ancestral


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to ancestral: Ancestral worship

an·ces·tral

 (ăn-sĕs′trəl)
adj.
Of, relating to, or evolved from an ancestor or ancestors.

an·ces′tral·ly adv.

ancestral

(ænˈsɛstrəl)
adj
of, inherited from, or derived from ancestors: his ancestral home.
n
(Logic) logic a relation that holds between x and y if there is a chain of instances of a given relation leading from x to y. Thus the ancestral of parent of is ancestor of, since x is the ancestor of y if and only if x is a parent of…a parent of…a parent of y
anˈcestrally adv

an•ces•tral

(ænˈsɛs trəl)

adj.
1. pertaining to ancestors; descending or claimed from ancestors.
2. serving as a forerunner or inspiration.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French]
an•ces′tral•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ancestral - inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descentancestral - inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent; "ancestral home"; "ancestral lore"; "hereditary monarchy"; "patrimonial estate"; "transmissible tradition"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
heritable, inheritable - capable of being inherited; "inheritable traits such as eye color"; "an inheritable title"
2.ancestral - of or belonging to or inherited from an ancestor

ancestral

ancestral

adjective
Of or from one's ancestors:
Translations
خاص بِالسَّلَف أو الأجْداد
po předcích
for-/ættfeîra-
po predkoch
atalara ait

ancestral

[ænˈsestrəl]
A. ADJancestral
B. CPD ancestral home Ncasa f solariega

ancestral

[ænˈsɛstrəl] adj [home, land, spirit, roots] → ancestral(e)

ancestral

adjseiner/ihrer Vorfahren; ancestral homeStammsitz m

ancestral

[ænˈsɛstrl] adj (of family) → avito/a; (of former times) → ancestrale, atavico/a
ancestral home → casa avita

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.
References in classic literature ?
It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer.
From father to son, they clung to the ancestral house with singular tenacity of home attachment.
At about the centre of the oaken panels that lined the hall was suspended a suit of mail, not, like the pictures, an ancestral relic, but of the most modern date; for it had been manufactured by a skilful armourer in London, the same year in which Governor Bellingham came over to New England.
He was born so, educated so, his veins were full of ancestral blood that was rotten with this sort of unconscious brutality, brought down by inheritance from a long procession of hearts that had each done its share toward poisoning the stream.
May this good-fellowship endure; may these banners here blended in amity so remain; may they never any more wave over opposing hosts, or be stained with blood which was kindred, is kindred, and always will be kindred, until a line drawn upon a map shall be able to say: "THIS bars the ancestral blood from flowing in the veins of the descendant
It was famous, too, for the pillory, a wise old institution, that inflicted a punishment of which no one could foresee the extent; also, for the whipping-post, another dear old institution, very humanising and softening to behold in action; also, for extensive transactions in blood-money, another fragment of ancestral wisdom, systematically leading to the most frightful mercenary crimes that could be committed under Heaven.
The noble boy in the ancestral boots, was inconsistent; representing himself, as it were in one breath, as an able seaman, a strolling actor, a grave-digger, a clergyman, and a person of the utmost importance at a Court fencing-match, on the authority of whose practised eye and nice discrimination the finest strokes were judged.
Milk and honey" would have been an appropriate inscription for the delicious little library which parents who, I surmised, doted on Nicolete in vain, had allowed her to build in a wild woodland corner of her ancestral park, half a mile away from the great house, where, for all its corridors and galleries, she could never feel, at all events, spiritually alone.
To save the boy, I had to sell my lands and mortgage my ancestral castle; and this not being enough, in the end I have had to borrow money, at a ruinous interest, from my lord of Hereford.
To the Chinese such commonplace things as marriage, friendship, and home have an infinitely deeper meaning than can be attached to them by civilisation which practically lives abroad, in the hotels and restaurants and open houses of others, where there is no sanctity of the life within, no shrine set apart for the hidden family re-union, and the cult of the ancestral spirit.
Covered with his black veil, he stood before the chief magistrate, the council, and the representatives, and wrought so deep an impression, that the legislative measures of that year were characterized by all the gloom and piety of our earliest ancestral sway.
The old ancestral portraits, whose fixed countenances looked down on the wild scene, were rent from the walls.