1. ancestor

noun. ['ˈænˌsɛstɝ'] someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent).


  • relation
  • ancestress
  • primogenitor
  • ascendent
  • relative
  • progenitor
  • forefather
  • father
  • root
  • forebear
  • sire
  • antecedent
  • forbear
  • ascendant


  • unconnectedness
  • connectedness
  • subordinate
  • descending


  • ancestre (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Ancestor

  • adjuster
  • administer
  • alabaster
  • alaster
  • alcester
  • alister
  • allister
  • allister
  • amster
  • amvestor
  • anixter
  • armbrister
  • armbrister
  • armbruster
  • armbruster
  • aster
  • astor
  • auster
  • ballester
  • balster

How do you pronounce ancestor?

Pronounce ancestor as ˈænˌsɛstər.

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Sentences with ancestor

1. Noun, singular or mass
Creating a headstone can also be a way to mark the grave of an ancestor you've never met.

Quotes about ancestor

1. Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic-it has no conscience. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor.
- John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

2. He did not know that the Old One was his father, for such a relationship was utterly beyond his understanding, but as he looked at the emaciated body he felt a dim disquiet that was the ancestor of sadness.
- Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey