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Definition of "descendant" [de•scend•ant]

  • A person, animal, or plant whose descent can be traced to a particular individual or group. (noun)
  • Something derived from a prototype or earlier form: Today's bicycles are descendants of the earlier velocipede. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • Variant of descendent. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "descendant" in a sentence
  • "For those of you that are Black but not descendant from the Middle Passage, the everything for you lies in the simple fact that you are Black."
  • "The inhabitants of Nanagada and Aztlan are descendant from the Caribbean, now occupying lands each side of the Wicked Highs that are cut off from each other except for the Mafolie Pass."
  • "It is commonly associated in descendant languages of proto-Kaskazi, including Ruvu languages, with the idea of protecting with amulet medicine that created a defensive barrier against ill-intended sorcery or physical incursion. 146 In the colonial period, * - kinga medicine was instrumental in protecting Zaramo people from witchcraft."