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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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 © 2016
an•ces•try  (anses trē or, esp. Brit., -sə strē), 
n., pl. -tries. 
  1. family or ancestral descent;
  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.
Middle English, equivalent. to ancestre ancestor + -y3;
replacing Middle English aunce(s)trie Anglo-French
1 . pedigree, genealogy, stock. 3 . 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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