Definition of ancestral in English:

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ancestral

Pronunciation: /anˈsestrəl/

adjective

[attributive]
Of, belonging to, inherited from, or denoting an ancestor or ancestors: the family’s ancestral home the only records of the ancestral forms are their fossils
More example sentences
  • That which is patrimonial is that which is inherited from the ancestral past.
  • That area, which belongs to the Maori people there in terms of ancestral use, he would walk all over.
  • The Sakya tradition is closely bound up with the Khon ancestral lineage, which derived from celestial beings.
Synonyms
rare lineal

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French ancestrel, from ancestre (see ancestor).

Words that rhyme with ancestral

kestrel, orchestral

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Syllabification: an·ces·tral

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