progenitor[prō jen′ə tər, prə-; -tôr′]
- The definition of a progenitor is a direct ancestor, or source from which something develops.
- Your great grandfather is an example of a progenitor.
- The person who started the Renaissance movement is an example of a progenitor.
- a forefather; ancestor in direct line
- a source from which something develops; originator or precursor
Origin of progenitorMiddle English progenitour ; from Middle French progeniteur ; from past participle of progignere, to beget ; from pro-, forth + gignere, to beget: see pro- and amp; genus
- A direct ancestor. See Synonyms at ancestor.
- An originator of a line of descent; a precursor.
- An originator; a founder: progenitors of the new music.
Origin of progenitorMiddle English progenitour, from Old French progeniteur, from Latin prōgenitor, from prōgenitus, past participle of prōgignere, to beget : prō-, forward; see pro–1 + gignere, gen-, to beget; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- A forefather, any of a person's direct ancestors
- An individual from whom one or more people (dynasty, tribe, nation...) are descended.
- Abraham alias Ibrahim is the progenitor of both the Jewish and Arab peoples.
- (biology) An ancestral form of a species
- (figuratively) A predecessor of something, especially if also a precursor or model.
- (figuratively) Someone who originates something.
- A founder
From Middle English, from Middle French progeniteur (Modern French progÃ©niteur), from Latin progenitor, from progenitus, perfect participle of progignere (“to beget"), itself from pro- (“forth") + gignere (“to beget").