- a person or animal that is descended from a specific ancestor; an offspring.
- something deriving in appearance, function, or general character from an earlier form.
- an adherent who follows closely the teachings, methods, practices, etc., of an earlier master, as in art, music, philosophy, etc.; disciple.
- the point opposite the ascendant.
- the point of the ecliptic or the sign and degree of the zodiac setting below the western horizon at the time of a birth or of an event.
- the cusp of the seventh house.
- a person, animal, or plant when described as descended from an individual, race, species, etc
- something that derives or is descended from an earlier form
- a variant spelling of descendent
- astrology the point on the ecliptic lying directly opposite the Ascendant
mid-15c. (adj.), c.1600 (n.), from French descendant (13c.), present participle of descendre (see descend). Despite a tendency to use descendent for the adjective and descendant for the noun, descendant seems to be prevailing in all uses and appears 5 times more often than its rival in books printed since 1900. Cf. dependant.