Definition of ancestress in English:

ancestress

noun

  • A woman, typically one more remote than a grandparent, from whom one is descended.

    • ‘Specifically, she argues that visual art has primarily been a female tradition, started by ancient ancestresses that influenced their descendants to be more cooperative with each other.’
    • ‘Let me picture him dying, my ancestress by his side, happy after years of love.’
    • ‘After a minute or two my beautiful ancestress would disappear briefly, soon to return with the satisfaction of a duty performed.’
    • ‘It is not only the passing of the Copley ancestress that is being noticed, but the reckless and desperate collapse of the old economic order - those sherry-sipping ‘poised relations’ waiting for the will to be read.’
    • ‘Once upon a time, my ancestresses knelt in great forests alone or with sisters of their kind.’

Pronunciation

ancestress

/ˈansəstrəs/