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1. The earliest ancestor.
2. An ancestor or forebear.

[Late Latin prīmōgenitor : Latin prīmō, at first (from prīmus, first; see per in Indo-European roots) + Latin genitor, begetter (from genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots).]


1. a forefather; ancestor
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) an earliest parent or ancestor, as of a race
[C17: alteration of progenitor after primogeniture]


(ˌpraɪ məˈdʒɛn ɪ tər)

forefather; ancestor.
[1645–55; < Late Latin prīmōgenitor ancestor = Latin prīmō at first + genitor parent]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.primogenitor - an ancestor in the direct lineprimogenitor - an ancestor in the direct line  
ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
genitor - a natural father or mother


n (= ancestor)Ahn(e) m, → Vorfahr m; (= first ancestor)Urahn(e) m, → Stammvater m
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In fact, Fiennes traces the family roots to around 800 AD, to find that the primogenitor of the family tree was Charlemagne's grandfather, Charles Martel, Fiennes's great-to-the-power-of-41 grandfather.
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