Progenitor meaning

prō-jĕn'ĭ-tər
A forefather; ancestor in direct line.
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A direct ancestor.
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A source from which something develops; originator or precursor.
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A forefather, any of a person's direct ancestors.
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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.

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(biology) An ancestral form of a species.
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(figuratively) A predecessor of something, especially if also a precursor or model.

ARPANET was the progenitor of the Internet.

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(figuratively) Someone who originates something.
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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.

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A direct ancestor.
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An originator of a line of descent; a precursor.
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An originator; a founder.

Progenitors of the new music.

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An originator of a line of descent; a precursor.
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Origin of progenitor

  • Middle English progenitour from Old French progeniteur from Latin prōgenitor from prōgenitus past participle of prōgignere to beget prō- forward pro–1 gignere gen- to beget genə- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Middle French progeniteur (Modern French progéniteur), from Latin progenitor, from progenitus, perfect participle of progignere (“to beget"), itself from pro- (“forth") + gignere (“to beget").
    From Wiktionary