ancestress

[ an-ses-tris or, esp. British, -suh-stris ]
/ ˈæn sɛs trɪs or, esp. British, -sə strɪs /
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noun

a woman from whom a person is descended.

Nearby words

  1. ancaeus,
  2. ancaster,
  3. ancestor,
  4. ancestor worship,
  5. ancestral,
  6. ancestry,
  7. anch'ing,
  8. anchises,
  9. ancho,
  10. anchor

Origin of ancestress

First recorded in 1570–80; ancest(o)r + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.

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