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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
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