ancestry

ancestry [n] family predecessors; family history ancestor, antecedent, antecessor, blood, breed, breeding, derivation, descent, extraction, forebear, forefather, foregoer, foremother, forerunner, genealogy, heritage, house, kindred, line, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, precursor, primogenitor, progenitor, race, source, stock; concepts 414,648

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  • ancestry — ancestry, lineage, pedigree mean either one’s progenitors collectively or their quality or character as a whole. The words, however, are clearly distinguishable. Ancestry in its most restricted use evokes the image of a family tree with its… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ancestry — I noun affiliation, ascendants, blood, blood relationship, blood tie, bloodline, cognation, connection, consanguinity, derivation, descent, family, family connection, family tree, filiation, forebears, forefathers, former generations, genealogy,… …   Law dictionary

  • Ancestry — An ces*try, n. [Cf. OF. ancesserie. See {Ancestor}.] 1. Condition as to ancestors; ancestral lineage; hence, birth or honorable descent. [1913 Webster] Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ancestry — (n.) early 14c., from O.Fr. ancesserie ancestry, ancestors, forefathers, from ancestre (see ANCESTOR (Cf. ancestor)); spelling modified in English by influence of ancestor …   Etymology dictionary

  • ancestry — ► NOUN (pl. ancestries) ▪ a person s ancestors or ethnic origins …   English terms dictionary

  • ancestry — [an′ses΄trē; ] also [, an′səstrē, an′sistrē] n. pl. ancestries [ME ancestrie < OFr ancesserie < ancestre, ANCESTOR] 1. family descent or lineage 2. ancestors collectively: opposed to POSTERITY 3. noble or distinguished descent …   English World dictionary

  • ancestry — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ common, shared ▪ The two species have developed from a common ancestry. ▪ African, Japanese, etc. VERB + ANCESTRY …   Collocations dictionary

  • ancestry — n. 1) to trace one s ancestry 2) of (a certain) ancestry (to be of French ancestry) * * * [ ænsəstrɪ] to trace one s ancestry of (a certain) ancestry (to be of French ancestry) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • ancestry — an|ces|try [ˈænsəstri, ses US ses ] n plural ancestries [C usually singular, U] formal the members of your family who lived a long time ago of ... ancestry ▪ Her mother is of German ancestry (=has German ancestors) . ▪ Helen s family can trace… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ancestry — /an ses tree/ or, esp. Brit., / seuh stree/, n., pl. ancestries. 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… …   Universalium

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