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ancestor

an·ces·tor

ancestor

 
 
pronunciation:
aen ses str [or] aen ss str
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person from whom one is descended, esp. of several generations ago.
Her ancestors came to America from China in the middle of the 1800s.
 
synonyms:
forebear, forefather, progenitor
similar words:
father, parent, patriarch, precursor, predecessor, primogenitor
definition 2: a predecessor or forerunner.
This ancient stringed instrument may be the ancestor of the guitar.
synonyms:
antecedent, precursor, prototype
antonyms:
descendant, successor
similar words:
father, forerunner, model, parent, predecessor, progenitor
definition 3: in biology, an organism or species from which present life forms have evolved.
synonyms:
forerunner, primogenitor, progenitor, prototype
similar words:
father, mother
definition 4: in law, a person from whom one receives an inheritance.
similar words:
benefactor, testator
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The word ancestor comes from a Latin word that means "to go before."
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