Definitions

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  • n. female ancestor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A female ancestor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female ancestor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman ancestor

Etymologies

ancestor +‎ -ess (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nor could be omitted from the purple record the later ancestress, Moya Doolen.

    CHAPTER VII

  • The late emperor's brother-in-law and murderer, Lord Urdhven, appoints himself Protector to his nephew, young King Lathmar VII and sets out to kill anyone who stands between himself and mastery of the empire, including (if he can manage it) the king himself and his ancient but still formidable ancestress, Ambrosia Viviana.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The Hershey family name comes from an ancestress who was accused of stealing chocolate by the victim sputtering, Her!

    Things You Didn't Know, Halloween Edition

  • "But she is my revered ancestress," Ah Kim explained to Li Faa.

    THE TEARS OF AH KIM

  • Even Queen Victoria, that most German-connected and -minded of 19th-century British monarchs, would denounce her most illustrious forebear, Elizabeth I, for the "cruelty to my ancestress, Mary Queen of Scots."

    Servants To Masters

  • Still, despite all uncertainties, it is suggestive that one ancestress apparently dwelled in an early center of agriculture and that her descendants seem to have arrived in the various regions of Europe pari passu with neolithic farming.

    Britain

  • So then I had to find out how he would be addressed and how his ancestress Angharad Cwmlech would be addressed and what his formal title would be, etc., etc., etc.

    Baronets, Bad and Otherwise

  • Falling Woman, the ancestress of the Iroquoian tribes of the North Eastern portion of North America, was said to have tumbled out of the watery sky into the waters below.

    Donna Henes: Earth, Our Mother

  • This helps to explain why, for example, when a calamity afflicted an entire region composed of people belonging to a common clan, all propitiatory religio-ritual ceremonies were directed to the founding ancestress.

    Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE

  • With each birth the founding ancestress became increasingly influential over the lives of an expanding community.

    Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE

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  • "'If she still needs me, she’s determined not to let me see it,' he thought, stung by her manner. He wanted to thank her for having been to see his mother, but under the ancestress’s malicious eye he felt himself tongue-tied and constrained."
    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 19, 2009