ancestor

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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ˈæn.sɛs.tɚ/

Noun[change]

Singular
ancestor

Plural
ancestors

An ancestor is a person from whom one is descended (Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, p63; The Pocket Oxford English Dictionary, 9th ed, ed. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, p. 29). Usually it refers to a remote person, rather than the immediate parents or grandparents (Concise Oxford Dictionary, p45, gives "esp. remote"). A very similar word is forebear.

  1. We get our customs from our ancestors.

Related meanings[change]

Species have ancestral species, which gave rise to them in evolution.

  1. It is thought that an extinct group of apes was the ancestor of the human race.

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