WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
an•ces•try /ˈænsɛstri/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -tries. 
  1. the group of people from whom someone descended:[countable, usually singular]had an ancestry of Puritan settlers.
  2. line of descent;
    lineage:[uncountable]of Chinese ancestry.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
an•ces•try  (anses trē or, esp. Brit., -sə strē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -tries. 
  1. family or ancestral descent;
    lineage.
  2. honorable or distinguished descent:famous by title and ancestry.
  3. a series of ancestors:His ancestry settled Utah.
  4. the inception or origin of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
  5. the history or developmental process of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
  • Anglo-French
  • 1300–50; Middle English, equivalent. to ancestre ancestor + -y3; replacing Middle English aunce(s)trie
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pedigree, genealogy, stock.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged family, line.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

ancestry /ˈænsɛstrɪ/ n ( pl -tries)
  1. lineage or descent, esp when ancient, noble, or distinguished
  2. ancestors collectively



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