From King Dictionary of Contemporary English descendant de‧scen‧dant / dɪˈsendənt / ●○○ noun [countable ] 1 SSF COME FROM/ORIGINATE someone who is related to a person who lived a long time ago, or to a family, group of people etc that existed in the past → ancestor somebody’s descendants/the descendants of somebody The coastal areas were occupied by the descendants of Greek colonists. He was a direct descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte. ► see thesaurus at relative 2 something that has developed from something else descendant of Quechua is a descendant of the Inca language. Examples from the Corpus descendant • Paul claims to be a descendant of King Charles I. • The ancestral language can itself be reconstructed from the hints held in its much diverged descendants. • His descendants were to live here for the next 120 years. • This is because where selfishness brings higher rewards than altruism, selfish individuals leave more descendants, so altruists inevitably become extinct. • Other descendants of the marine invertebrates have also left the water. • Frederick and Bertha moved to Iowa in 1852, and their descendants still live in the area. • The city has never officially acknowledged the losses of the displaced residents and their descendants. • Then perhaps a hundred thousand people can change the trend, if they and their descendants labor for five hundred years. • But neither fish can be regarded as the one whose descendants eventually colonised the land permanently. • Your article made it to a Woodson descendants list on the Internet of which I am a recipient. somebody’s descendants/the descendants of somebody • And, of course, we harness the cranial material of the descendants of the colonists. • But why should the descendants of Eusthenopteron have troubled to clamber about laboriously on the land? • His manuscript was preserved by the descendants of his daughter, Anne. • In 1983 the descendants of these owners of geese were to burn the local conservationists in effigy. • It provides buoyancy and this, for the bulk of the descendants of these air-breathing pioneers, became a more important faculty. • The descendants of a very few, transformed by natural selection, make up the world today. • The descendants of this group are the sharks and rays. • These were the descendants of Bunbury. descendant of • The owner of Ring's Super Burgers set out to create a direct descendant of a 1950s diner.