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Meaning & Definition of Ancestor in English

English

Ancestor

/ænsɛstər/

noun

1. Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

    synonym:
  • ancestor
  • ,
  • ascendant
  • ,
  • ascendent
  • ,
  • antecedent
  • ,
  • root

Examples of using

We did not evolve from monkeys. We share a common ancestor.
All humans on Earth are descended from a common ancestor.
Don't be ridiculous! We are not descended from apes, we only have a common ancestor.