What does the word ancestral mean?

Usage examples for ancestral

  1. Vaguely he thought that some day he would return to his own ancestral home in Sussex, when England would have become English once again; in the meanwhile he was content to drift on the placid waters of life, his luxurious craft guided by the domineering hand of his wife. – Petticoat Rule by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  2. Now more than ever there came to his mind the ancestral letter which his father had inclosed to him- the message from old Ralph Brandon in the treasure- ship. – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  3. Accordingly they despatched Agesilaus as ambassador to the Mantineans, choosing him as the recognised ancestral friend of that people. – Hellenica by Xenophon