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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Incidentally, this means that we can use mitochondria to trace our ancestry, strictly down the female line.
▪ Different parts of the cells of trees or elephants trace their ancestry to a whole range of ancient beings.
▪ It is simply that adaptation and ancestry can explain what adaptation alone can not.
▪ Now he had an ancestry, as noble and extensive as he wished.
▪ Some churches are no doubt of Roman ancestry.
▪ The ancestry of pentecostalism-on the other hand-traces back to mystical, Wesleyan, and Holiness roots.
▪ The nature of this will vary greatly depending on a rose's ancestry, while its appreciation is a very personal matter.
▪ This was wu-shu, the combat of my ancestry.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ancestry \An"ces*try\, n. [Cf. OF. ancesserie. See Ancestor.]

  1. Condition as to ancestors; ancestral lineage; hence, birth or honorable descent.

    Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible.

  2. A series of ancestors or progenitors; lineage, or those who compose the line of natural descent.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., from Old French ancesserie "ancestry, ancestors, forefathers," from ancestre (see ancestor); spelling modified in English by influence of ancestor.


n. 1 Condition as to ancestors; ancestral lineage; hence, birth or honorable descent. 2 A series of ancestors or progenitors; lineage, or those who compose the line of natural descent.

  1. n. the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors" [syn: lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, origin, parentage, stemma, stock]

  2. inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline [syn: lineage, derivation, filiation]

Usage examples of "ancestry".

They were not of Polynesian ancestry, but boasted skin tanned the color of light chocolate.

Those with multigenerational ancestry on Cachalot would be represented through the Commissioner.

There are scattered citizens of the Commonwealth who trace their ethnic ancestry back to a people knows as the Jews.

Arabians that had come down from the time of the prophet Mohammed, during the course of which Hamid-Jones realized that the sheik was trying to draw him out about the ancestry of al-Janah.

A few of his staff officers almost certainly spoke English as their second tongue, but the Bedouins, despite their Greater Arabian ancestry, had forgotten it generations ago.

Two tribes, same ancestry, all that, but one of them lived by a great river and tilled the land and mined gold and such from the nearby mountains that served as a barrier separating them from the others.

If we are to do as Lucius Marcius Philippus wants, and confine the citizenship of Rome to those among us who can claim family, ancestry, and legal writ, then the first man to have to leave both this House and the city of Rome would be Quintus Varius Severus Hybrida Sucronensis!

Rome was imperiled within Italy, every man of Roman or Latin ancestry was obliged to take the field.

If there was one difficulty about being a patrician of the Julii Caesares, it was that all his seniors to date were only too aware how much greater and more august his ancestry was than theirs.

Whereas Caesar for all his illustrious ancestry did not have the money to buy adherents or votes.

Owning little attractive apart from his name, Calpurnius Piso, and his eminently respectable ancestry, Piso had needed to bribe heavily to secure election.

Between the name, the ancestry, the manner, the looks, the charm, the ease and the intellectual ability, whatever election Caesar contested would see him returned at the top of the poll.

Gaius Caesar are above the power of this court because they have an ancestry a thousand years old and multitudes of clients?

Of the twenty successful candidates he had polled last, no surprise given his lack of ancestry, and drew the lot for duty supervising all the ports of Italy save for Ostia and Brundisium, which had their own quaestors.

My esteemed colleagues of the Senate of Rome, I want to tell you a story concerning my good friend the knight Publius Servilius, who is not of the patrician branch of that great family, but shares the ancestry of the noble Publius Servilius Vatia Isauricus.