ancestor - definition and synonyms

 
 
noun [countable] 

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/ˈænsestə(r)/
singularancestor
pluralancestors
  1. 1
    someone who is related to you who lived a long time ago

    Her ancestors went to America with the Pilgrims.

  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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derived word

ancestral

 

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/ænˈsestrəl/
adjective
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