[ an-ses-truh l ]
/ ænˈsɛs trəl /


pertaining to ancestors; descending or claimed from ancestors: an ancestral home.
serving as a forerunner, prototype, or inspiration.

Origin of ancestral

1425–75; late Middle English aunce(s)trel < Middle French, equivalent to ancestre ancestor + -el -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for ancestral


/ (ænˈsɛstrəl) /


of, inherited from, or derived from ancestorshis ancestral home


logic a relation that holds between x and y if there is a chain of instances of a given relation leading from x to y. Thus the ancestral of parent of is ancestor of, since x is the ancestor of y if and only if x is a parent of…a parent of…a parent of y

Derived Forms

ancestrally, adverb
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