- To be related to (an ancestor) by genetic descent from an individual or individuals in a previous generation:
She claims to be descended from European royalty.
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Descend
- be descended from
Origin of Descend
From Middle English decenden, from Old French descendre, from Latin descendere, past participle descensus (“to come down, go down, fall, sink”), from de- (“down”) + scandere (“to climb”). See scan, scandent. Compare ascend, condescend, transcend.
Middle English descenden from Old French descendre from Latin dēscendere dē- de- scandere to climb skand- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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