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Ancestor meaning

ancestor - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. someone from whom you are descended ( but usually more remote than a grandparent)
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. An earlier type; a progenitor; as, this fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse.
  4. 4. One from whom an estate has descended; - the correlative of heir.
  5. 5. A forefather.

ancestor - examples of usage

  1. The ceremony of ancestor- worship had been more than usually oppressive to her. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. " Reflecting on these facts, and collecting analogous ones, it seemed to me probable that allied species were descended from a common ancestor. - "Luck or Cunning?", Samuel Butler.
  3. Imagine the bewilderment of our colonial ancestor if he had been told: " The majority of the people in that society will not have so much of the real necessities of life as you have. - "The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society", Upton Sinclair.
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