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noun [countable] ancestor pronunciation in American English /ˈænˌsestər/ 
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  1. 1
    someone who is related to you who lived a long time ago

    Her ancestors came to America with the Pilgrims.

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  2. 2
    an earlier form from which something modern has developed

    a game that many see as the ancestor of basketball

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 ancestor pronunciation in American English /ænˈsestrəl/  adjective

their ancestral home

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