Etymology
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ancestral (adj.)

"pertaining to ancestors," 1520s, from Old French ancestrel (Anglo-French auncestrel) "ancestral," from ancestre (see ancestor). Alternative form ancestorial is from 1650s. Related: Ancestrally.

updated on January 04, 2017

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Definitions of ancestral from WordNet

ancestral (adj.)
inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent;
ancestral home
ancestral lore
ancestral (adj.)
of or belonging to or inherited from an ancestor;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.