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ancestor

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Etymology

Old English ancestre, auncestre, also ancessour; the first forms from Old French ancestre, French ancêtre, from the Latin nom. antessor one who goes before; the last form from Old French ancessor, from Latin acc. antecessorem, from antecedere to go before; ante before + cedere to go. See Cede, and compare with Antecessor.

Pronunciation

  • (WEAE) IPA: /ˈæn.sɛs.tɚ/ or /-toɹ/

Noun

Singular
ancestor

Plural
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  1. One from whom a person is descended, whether on the father's or mother's side, at any distance of time; a progenitor; a fore father.
  2. (Biology) An earlier type; a progenitor
    This fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse.
  3. (Law) One from whom an estate has descended;—the correlative of heir.

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