(someone) is descended from (someone)

Use this phrase to explain who someone's ancestors were. Your ancestors are the people like your great-great-grandparents, great-great-great-grandparents, and so on.

You can say that a person "is descended from" a single person:

She claims to be descended from Abraham Lincoln.

Or you can say that someone is descended from a group of people:

They're descended from the original inhabitants of the island.

This phrase appears in these lessons: