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



    BrE BrE//dɪˈsendənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsendənt//
    jump to other results
  1. 1a person’s descendants are their children, their children’s children, and all the people who live after them who are related to them He was an O'Conor and a direct descendant of the last High King of Ireland. Many of them are descendants of the original settlers.
  2. 2something that has developed from something similar in the past Quechua, the lineal descendant of the Inca language
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘descending’): from French, present participle of descendre ‘to descend’, from Latin descendere, from de- ‘down’ + scandere ‘to climb’. The noun dates from the early 17th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: descendant