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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, rootnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. ancestornoun

    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.

  2. ancestornoun

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

  3. ancestornoun

    An earlier type; a progenitor

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

  4. ancestornoun

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

  5. 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ANCESTORnoun

    One from whom a person descends, either by the father or the mother. It is distinguished from predecessor; which is not, like ancestor, a natural, but civil denomination. An hereditary monarch succeeds to his ancestors; an elective, to his predecessors.

    Etymology: ancestor, Lat. ancestre, Fr.

    And she lies buried with her ancestors,
    O, in a tomb where never scandal slept,
    Save this of hers. William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.

    Cham was the paternal ancestor of Ninus, the father of Chus, the grandfather of Nimrod; whose son was Belus, the father of Ninus. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Obscure! why pr’ythee what am I? I know
    My father, grandsire, and great grandsire too:
    If farther I derive my pedigree,
    I can but guess beyond the fourth degree.
    The rest of my forgotten ancestors,
    Were sons of earth like him, or sons of whores. John Dryden, Persius, sat. vi.

Wikipedia

  1. Ancestor

    An ancestor, also known as a forefather, fore-elder, or a forebear, is a parent or (recursively) the parent of an antecedent (i.e., a grandparent, great-grandparent, great-great-grandparent and so forth). 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. Some research suggests that the average person has twice as many female ancestors as male ancestors. This might have been due to the past prevalence of polygynous relations and female hypergamy.Assuming that all of an individual's ancestors are otherwise unrelated to each other, that individual has 2n ancestors in the nth generation before her/him and a total of 2g+1 − 2 ancestors in the g generations before him/her. In practice, however, it is clear that most ancestors of humans (and any other species) are multiply related (see pedigree collapse). 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 who have ever lived. Some cultures confer reverence to ancestors, both living and dead; in contrast, some more youth-oriented cultural contexts display less veneration of elders. In other cultural contexts, some people seek providence from their deceased ancestors; this practice is sometimes known as ancestor worship or, more accurately, ancestor veneration.

ChatGPT

  1. ancestor

    An ancestor is a person from whom one is descended, typically someone more remote than a grandparent. It can also refer to an animal, plant, or object from the past from which others have evolved or developed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ancestornoun

    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

  2. Ancestornoun

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

  3. Ancestornoun

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

  4. 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.]

Wikidata

  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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. enactors

  2. entosarc

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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. The Oscar-winning actor-director:

    While I don't like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country's history is being talked about.

  2. 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.

  3. Steven Pinker:

    Ancestor worship must be an appealing idea to those who are about to become ancestors.

  4. Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee:

    I believe it was an attempt to discredit the hard work I put into removing the statues and monuments to my ancestor.

  5. Laurence J. Peter:

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

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