- lineage or descent, esp when ancient, noble, or distinguished
- ancestors collectively
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- the group of people from whom someone descended:[countable, usually singular]had an ancestry of Puritan settlers.
- line of descent;
lineage:[uncountable]of Chinese ancestry.
- family or ancestral descent;
- honorable or distinguished descent:famous by title and ancestry.
- a series of ancestors:His ancestry settled Utah.
- the inception or origin of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
- the history or developmental process of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
- 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.