from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A direct ancestor. See Synonyms at ancestor.
- n. An originator of a line of descent; a precursor.
- n. An originator; a founder: progenitors of the new music.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A forefather, any of a person's direct ancestors
- n. An individual from whom one or more people (dynasty, tribe, nation...) are descended.
- n. An ancestral form of a species
- n. A predecessor of something, especially if also a precursor or model.
- n. Someone who originates something.
- n. A founder
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancestor in the direct line; a forefather.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ancestor in the direct line; a forefather; a parent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ancestor in the direct line
Middle English progenitour, from Old French progeniteur, from Latin prōgenitor, from prōgenitus, past participle of prōgignere, to beget : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + gignere, gen-, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Middle French progeniteur (Modern French progéniteur), from Latin progenitor, from progenitus, perfect participle of progignere ("to beget"), itself from pro- ("forth") + gignere ("to beget"). (Wiktionary)