- 1A person, plant, or animal that is descended from a particular ancestor: she’s a descendant of Charles DarwinMore example sentences
- Most biologists consider it the direct descendant of the ancestor of the domesticated two-humped species.
- People also expect the deceased to maintain interest in their descendants, as ancestral spirits.
- Some of the plaintiffs are direct descendants of those early settlers.
- 1.1A machine, artefact, system, etc., that has developed from an earlier, more rudimentary version: house music is a descendant of discoMore example sentences
- The project is a direct descendant of the Learning Design Tools project and other predecessor projects in the E-learning and Pedagogy programme.
- An argument can be made that since so many Cajun pioneers copied the Creole accordionist that Cajun music is a descendant of Creole music. But that's another column.
- The internet is not the descendant of the telephone, nor has it replaced it.
late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense 'descending'): from French, present participle of descendre 'to descend' (see descend). The noun dates from the early 17th century.
The correct spelling for the noun meaning ‘person descended from a particular ancestor’ is descendant, not -ent. Descendent is a less common adjective meaning ‘descending from an ancestor’. Almost 15 per cent of the citations for the term in the Oxford English Corpus use the wrong spelling.