- The definition of descendant is moving down either physically or in a family line.
An example of descendant used as an adjective is the phrase "descendant escalator" which means an escalator that goes down.
- Descendant is defined as an offspring of a particular person.
An example of a descendant is a man being the great, great grandson of someone.
A great-grandmother with her descendant.
descendant definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English descendaunt ; from Old French descendant ; from Classical Latin descendens, present participle of descendere: see descend
- a person who is an offspring, however remote, of a certain ancestor, family, group, etc.
- something that derives from an earlier form
descendant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A person, animal, or plant whose descent can be traced to a particular individual or group.
- Something derived from a prototype or earlier form: Today's bicycles are descendants of the earlier velocipede.
- In astrology, the point of the ecliptic or the sign of the zodiac that sets in the west at the time of a person's birth or other event.
descendant - Legal Definition