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ancestornoun [C]

uk   /ˈæn.ses.tər/ us   /ˈæn.ses.tɚ/
B2 a person related to you who lived a long time 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 later point in time: This wooden instrument is the ancestor of the modern metal flute.

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ancestral
adjective [before noun] uk   /ænˈses.trəl/ us   /ænˈses.trəl/
an ancestral home ancestral rights
(Definition of ancestor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ancestornoun [C]

us   /ˈænˌses·tər, -səs-/
any member of your family from long ago, for example, the grandparents of your grandparents: 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, -a, 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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