- a person or animal that is descended from a specific ancestor; an offspring.
- something deriving in appearance, function, or general character from an earlier form.
- an adherent who follows closely the teachings, methods, practices, etc., of an earlier master, as in art, music, philosophy, etc.; disciple.
- the point opposite the ascendant.
- the point of the ecliptic or the sign and degree of the zodiac setting below the western horizon at the time of a birth or of an event.
- the cusp of the seventh house.
Origin of descendant
Examples from the Web for descendants
The story (and some DNA evidence) goes, the locals are the descendants of a band of Roman soldiers from 36 B.C.The Chinese Town Descended From Romans?
December 4, 2014
Washington was a passionate advocate for an intensely practical education for ex-slaves and their descendants.College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School
Michael S. Roth
August 30, 2014
The discussion of reparations for descendants of slaves saw some chatter this year after a piece in The Atlantic.Sherman Alexie on His New Film, the Redskins, and Why It's OK to Laugh at His Work
August 22, 2014
At the same event, another speaker reportedly referred to Jews as “descendants of monkeys and pigs.”Pope Francis’s Sister Souljah Moment?
May 23, 2014
What this means is that the idea of popes as descendants of St. Peter is about controlling bishops, not churchgoers.Who Really Put the Pope in Charge?
April 27, 2014
The fate of the ancestor had been typical of that of his descendants.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
It is doubtful whether Palaeolithic man has left any descendants.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Sir, may we know who are the descendants of the New England kidnappers?Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
It is our duty to our descendants to contribute as far as is in our power to its accomplishment.
Each individual, therefore, continues to live in his descendants.
- a person, animal, or plant when described as descended from an individual, race, species, etc
- something that derives or is descended from an earlier form
- a variant spelling of descendent
- astrology the point on the ecliptic lying directly opposite the Ascendant
Word Origin and History for descendants
mid-15c. (adj.), c.1600 (n.), from French descendant (13c.), present participle of descendre (see descend). Despite a tendency to use descendent for the adjective and descendant for the noun, descendant seems to be prevailing in all uses and appears 5 times more often than its rival in books printed since 1900. Cf. dependant.