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ˈæn sɛs tər; esp. Brit. -sə stəran·ces·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root(noun)

    someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

Wiktionary

  1. ancestor(Noun)

    One from whom a person is descended, whether on the father's or mother's side, at any distance of time; a progenitor; a forefather.

    Etymology: ancestre, auncestre, ancessour; the first forms from ancestre (modern French ancêtre), from the nominative antecessor one who goes before; the last form from ancessor, from Latin accusative antecessorem, from antecedo; ante + cedo. See cede, and compare with antecessor.

  2. ancestor(Noun)

    One who had the same role or function in former times.

    Etymology: ancestre, auncestre, ancessour; the first forms from ancestre (modern French ancêtre), from the nominative antecessor one who goes before; the last form from ancessor, from Latin accusative antecessorem, from antecedo; ante + cedo. See cede, and compare with antecessor.

  3. ancestor(Noun)

    An earlier type; a progenitor

    This fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse.

    Etymology: ancestre, auncestre, ancessour; the first forms from ancestre (modern French ancêtre), from the nominative antecessor one who goes before; the last form from ancessor, from Latin accusative antecessorem, from antecedo; ante + cedo. See cede, and compare with antecessor.

  4. ancestor(Noun)

    One from whom an estate has descended;the correlative of heir.

    Etymology: ancestre, auncestre, ancessour; the first forms from ancestre (modern French ancêtre), from the nominative antecessor one who goes before; the last form from ancessor, from Latin accusative antecessorem, from antecedo; ante + cedo. See cede, and compare with antecessor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ancestor(noun)

    one from whom a person is descended, whether on the father's or mother's side, at any distance of time; a progenitor; a fore father

    Etymology: [OE. ancestre, auncestre, also ancessour; the first forms fr. OF. ancestre, F. anctre, fr. the L. nom. antessor one who goes before; the last form fr. OF. ancessor, fr. L. acc. antecessorem, fr. antecedere to go before; ante before + cedere to go. See Cede, and cf. Antecessor.]

  2. Ancestor(noun)

    an earlier type; a progenitor; as, this fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse

    Etymology: [OE. ancestre, auncestre, also ancessour; the first forms fr. OF. ancestre, F. anctre, fr. the L. nom. antessor one who goes before; the last form fr. OF. ancessor, fr. L. acc. antecessorem, fr. antecedere to go before; ante before + cedere to go. See Cede, and cf. Antecessor.]

  3. Ancestor(noun)

    one from whom an estate has descended; -- the correlative of heir

    Etymology: [OE. ancestre, auncestre, also ancessour; the first forms fr. OF. ancestre, F. anctre, fr. the L. nom. antessor one who goes before; the last form fr. OF. ancessor, fr. L. acc. antecessorem, fr. antecedere to go before; ante before + cedere to go. See Cede, and cf. Antecessor.]

Freebase

  1. Ancestor

    An ancestor or forebear is a parent or the parent of an ancestor. Ancestor is "any person from whom one is descended. In law the person from whom an estate has been inherited." Two individuals have a genetic relationship if one is the ancestor of the other, or if they share a common ancestor. In evolutionary theory, species which share an evolutionary ancestor are said to be of common descent. However, this concept of ancestry does not apply to some bacteria and other organisms capable of horizontal gene transfer. Assuming that all of an individual's ancestors are otherwise unrelated to each other, that individual has 2 ancestors in the nth generation before him and a total of about 2+1 ancestors in the g generations before him. In practice, however, it is clear that the vast majority of ancestors of humans are multiply related. Consider n = 40: the human species is more than 40 generations old, yet the number 240, approximately 10¹² or one trillion, dwarfs the number of humans that have ever lived. Ignoring the possibility of other inter-relationships among ancestors, an individual has a total of 2046 ancestors up to the 10th generation, 1024 of which are 10th generation ancestors. With the same assumption, any given person has over a billion 30th generation ancestors and this theoretical number increases past the estimated total population of the world in around AD 1000.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ancestor

    an′ses-tur, n. one from whom a person has descended: a forefather:—fem. An′cestress.—adj. Ances′tral.—ns. An′cestor-wor′ship, the chief element in the religion of China and other countries—erroneously supposed by Herbert Spencer to be the foundation of all religion; An′cestry, a line of ancestors: lineage. [O. Fr. ancestre—L. antecessorante, before, cedĕre, cessum, to go.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ancestor' in Nouns Frequency: #2613

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ancestor in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ancestor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of ancestor in a Sentence

  1. Milan Kundera:

    We don't know when our name came into being or how some distant ancestor acquired it. We don't understand our name at all, we don't know its history and yet we bear it with exalted fidelity, we merge with it, we like it, we are ridiculously proud of it as if we had thought it up ourselves in a moment of brilliant inspiration.

  2. Frederick Henry Hedge:

    Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.

  3. Peter Makovicky:

    Gualicho did not inherit this forelimb anatomy from an ancestor it shared with tyrannosaurs. Rather, it evolved independently in the two groups.

  4. Laurence J. Peter:

    Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.

  5. Eric Monday:

    It’s a green and red flag, it was designed by my ancestor, Leonard Helms, who helped George Rogers Clark conquer the old western frontier. They didn’t have any white or blue material, so he designed it using green and red.

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