English - Vietnamese Dictionary
+someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
Advanced English Dictionary
forebear, forefather; forerunner, precursor, antecedent, Formal progenitor, primogenitor:
His ancestors were transported to Australia in a prison ship, and he's proud of it. The eohippus, only a foot high, was the ancestor of the horse.
+ nounCollocation Dictionary
1 a person in your family who lived a long time ago: His ancestors had come to America from Ireland.
2 an animal that lived in the past which a modern animal has developed from: a reptile that was the common ancestor of lizards and turtles
3 an early form of a machine which later became more developed
The ancestor of the modern bicycle was called a penny-farthing.
ancestral adjective: her ancestral home (= that had belonged to her ancestors and that she had inherited from them)
The builder of the manor house is a direct ancestor of the present owner.
| immediate | distant, early, remote
a distant ancestor of mine Our earliest ancestors lived in a world fraught with danger.
The two species share a common ancestor.
The Romans built these monuments to glorify their illustrious ancestors.
VERB + ANCESTOR
be descended from, have, share
A lot of the people there are descended from a common ancestor.
He can trace his ancestors back to the reign of James the First.
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