- a biologically related ancestor: a progenitor of the species.
- a person or thing that first indicates a direction, originates something, or serves as a model; predecessor; precursor: the progenitor of modern painting.
Origin of progenitor
Related Words for progenitorpredecessor, ancestor, parent, precursor, begetter, primogenitor, originator, forefather, founder, sire
Examples from the Web for progenitor
Contemporary Examples of progenitor
That extra spin in the progenitor star might have been enough to give the neutron star more magnetic power, making it a magnetar.The Weirdest Object in the Universe
Matthew R. Francis
May 18, 2014
So the name is appropriate if this machine is the progenitor of a robot race that will one day go to war.The 'Killer Robot' Olympics
December 19, 2013
FYMW is, in some ways, the progenitor of menswear on Tumblr.Fuck Yeah Menswear Becomes a Book
November 6, 2012
Stylistically it is a progenitor of Invisible Man, which Ellison described as “realism that goes beyond and becomes surrealism.”American Nightmare: Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ at 60
June 28, 2012
He is a progenitor of what could be called the degenerate school of American fiction.American Dreams: ‘Tobacco Road’ by Erskine Caldwell
April 30, 2012
Historical Examples of progenitor
The zany was progenitor to the specialist in humor, as we to-day have the unhappiness to know him.The Devil's Dictionary
From every grave where a progenitor slept, he had heard a parent's voice.The Caxtons, Complete
It was the progenitor and type of all later non-rigid dirigibles.The War in the Air; Vol. 1
No scholar has ever pretended that Canaan was the progenitor of the negro race.The Slavery Question
His brother William was the progenitor of the Murrays of Abercairnie.Life of Sir William Wallace of Elderslie, Vol. I (of II)
John D. Carrick
- a direct ancestor
- an originator or founder of a future development; precursor
Word Origin for progenitor
late 14c., from Anglo-French progenitour (mid-14c.), Old French progeniteur (14c.) and directly from Latin progenitor "ancestor, the founder of a family," agent noun from progenitus, past participle of progignere (see progeny). Related: Progenitive; progenital; progenitrix (c.1600).
- A direct ancestor.
- An originator of a line of descent.