ancestor Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “ancestor” in the English Dictionary

"ancestor" in British English

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ancestornoun [C]

uk   /ˈæn.ses.tər/  us   /-tɚ/
B2 a ​personrelated to you who ​lived a ​longtime ago: There were ​portraits of his ancestors on the ​walls of the ​room.
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a ​plant, ​animal, or ​object that is ​related to one ​existing at a ​laterpoint in ​time: This ​woodeninstrument is the ancestor of the ​modernmetalflute.
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ancestral
adjective [before noun] uk   us   /ænˈses.trəl/
an ancestral ​home ancestral ​rights
(Definition of ancestor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ancestor" in American English

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ancestornoun [C]

 us   /ˈænˌses·tər, -səs-/
any ​member of ​yourfamily from ​long ago, for ​example, the grandparents of ​yourgrandparents: He ​returned to Ecuador, where his mother’s ancestors ​lived.
ancestral
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ænˈses·trəl/
He ​wanted to ​tour his family's ancestral ​homeland, Germany.
ancestry
noun [C usually sing]  us   /ˈænˌses·tri, -səs-/
She was of Spanish and Iroquois ancestry.
(Definition of ancestor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ancestor”
in Korean 조상…
in Arabic سَلَف…
in Malaysian nenek moyang…
in French ancêtre…
in Russian предок…
in Chinese (Traditional) 祖先,祖宗, (動植物)原種, (物體)原型…
in Italian antenato, -a…
in Turkish ced, ata…
in Polish przodek…
in Spanish antepasado, antepasada…
in Vietnamese tổ tiên…
in Portuguese ancestral, antepassado, -a…
in Thai บรรพบุรุษ…
in German der/die Vorfahr(in)…
in Catalan avantpassat, -ada…
in Japanese 祖先, 先祖…
in Chinese (Simplified) 祖先,祖宗, (动植物)原种, (物体)原型…
in Indonesian leluhur…
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