Meaning of PROGENITOR in English


prōˈjenəd.ə(r), prəˈ-, -nətə- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English progenitour, from Middle French progeniteur, from Latin progenitor, from progenitus (past participle of progignere to beget, from pro- before, forward, forth + gignere to beget) + -or — more at pro- , kin


a. : an ancestor in the direct line : forefather

b. : a biologically ancestral form

2. : one that originates or precedes : one that serves as a guide or pattern : originator , precursor

biographical study of the progenitor of the atmospheric story — New Yorker

progenitors of socialist ideas — Times Literary Supplement

Synonyms: see ancestor

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.