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Definition of Ancestor

Ancestor

  1. One from whom a person is descended, whether on the father's or mother's side, at any distance of time; a progenitor; a fore father.
  2. An earlier type; a progenitor; as, this fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse.
  3. One from whom an estate has descended; -- the correlative of heir.

Ancestors Quotations

I was born by myself but carry the spirit and blood of my father, mother and my ancestors. So I am really never alone. My identity is through that line.
Ziggy Marley

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
Edmund Burke

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space... on the infinite highway of the air.
Wilbur Wright

Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.
Ralph Ellison
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Ancestor Translations

ancestor in German is Vorfahr, Vorfahre, Ahne, Vorfahr
ancestor in Latin is atavus, progenitor
ancestor in Spanish is antepasado

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