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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Words that Rhyme with Ancestor

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

Example sentences of the word 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 containing the word 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