Definition of progenitor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəʊˈdʒenɪtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈdʒenɪtər//
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  1. 1a person or thing from the past that a person, animal or plant that is alive now is related to synonym ancestor He was the progenitor of a family of distinguished actors.
  2. 2a person who starts an idea or a development the progenitors of modern art
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French progeniteur, from Latin progenitor, from progenit- ‘begotten’, from the verb progignere, from pro- ‘forward’ + gignere ‘beget’.
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