ancestor

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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ˈæn.sɛs.tɚ/

Noun[change]

Singular
ancestor

Plural
ancestors

  1. 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.
    We get our customs from our ancestors.
  2. Entire species of plants or anomials may have ancestor species from which they evolved.
    It is thought that an extinct group of apes was the ancestor of the human race.

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