- 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 fossilsMore 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.
late Middle English: from Old French ancestrel, from ancestre (see ancestor).