- 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
Related Wordsheir, offspring, scion, product, brood, get, progeny, offshoot, spin-off, seed, kin, child, posterity, issue, children
Examples from the Web for descendant
Her grandfather had been a physician and healer who—according to family lore—married a descendant of the Osage or Pawnee tribes.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
In the original Marvel comic books, the Mandarin was born and bred in China, a descendant of Genghis Khan no less.Did Hollywood Collaborate With Hitler? A New Book Makes Bold Claims.
September 9, 2013
It is common knowledge among those familiar with the rabbinic tradition that Haman was considered a descendant of the Amalekites.Iran as Haman: Jeffrey Goldberg’s Dangerous Analogy
February 27, 2013
Her mother, a descendant of Ashby, helped manage a sugar plantation her family inherited, bringing the story full circle.The Original Slave Colony: Barbados and Andrea Stuart’s ‘Sugar in the Blood’
January 24, 2013
Today, in a time of great national distress, Nehru's descendant cannot find the fiber to meet his people.How Rahul Gandhi Blew the Indian Rape Crisis
January 19, 2013
"Jock of Norfolk" is represented by a descendant of noble impulses.Beaux and Belles of England
It was nothing—only the quip of a witty fellow, descendant of a Spanish freebooter.The Manxman
Algernon Sidney, beheaded on Tower Hill, was his descendant.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
Imagine the look he would bestow on his descendant as I sat down to table.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
With Cyrus, the descendant of Achæmenes, the real history of Persia begins.Les Parsis
- 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 descendant
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.