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Definitions of ancestor

  1. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote that a grandparent) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. An earlier type; a progenitor; as, this fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A person from whom one is descended in direct line; a forefather; a progenitor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. One from whom a person has descended: a forefather. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. A forefather. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. One from whom a person has descended; the previous possessor. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A forefather; a progenitor; a woman is called an ancestress. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. ANCESTRESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

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Usage examples for ancestor

  1. My ancestor taught me that only he who is to fall will fall. – The Scarlet Banner by Felix Dahn
  2. Average Contribution of Each Several Ancestor to the Total Heritage of the Offspring. – The Truth About Woman by C. Gasquoine Hartley
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