Descendant meaning

dĭ-sĕndənt
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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.

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A person who is an offspring, however remote, of a certain ancestor, family, group, etc.
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One whose descent can be traced to a particular individual or group.

A descendant of Queen Victoria; descendants of a prize-winning horse.

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Descending.
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Something derived from a prototype or earlier form.

Today's bicycles are descendants of the earlier velocipede.

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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.

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A person’s child, grandchild, great-grandchild, or other offspring in the direct line of descent.
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Something that derives from an earlier form.
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One whose descent can be traced to a particular individual or group.

A descendant of Queen Victoria; descendants of a prize-winning horse.

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Descending from a biological ancestor.
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Proceeding from a figurative ancestor or source.
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(literally) One who is the progeny a specified person, at any distance of time or through any number of generations.

The patriarch survived many descendants: five children, a dozen grandchildren, even a great grandchild.

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(figuratively) A thing that derives directly from a given precursor or source.

This famous medieval manuscript has many descendants.

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(biology) A later evolutionary type.

Dogs evolved as descendants of early wolves.

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(linguistics) A word or form in one language that is descended from a counterpart in an ancestor language.
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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.
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(linguistics) A language that is descended from another.

English and Scots are the descendants of Old English.

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Origin of descendant

  • From Middle English dessendaunte, from Middle French, from Latin dēscendēns, present participle of descendere, from + scandere (“to climb, ascend”).

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