American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A genealogical diagram of a family's ancestry.
- n. The ancestors and descendants of a family considered as a group.
- n. successive generations of kin
“On Christmas morning, after we’d opened our gifts around the family tree in the White House, I was handed a reply to my message to Brezhnev, a terse note sent via the Molink claiming it was the United States, not his country, that was interfering in Polish affairs.”
“Yet he was not an extravagant-minded man in this, and in constructing his family tree on the new basis was duly reasonable in framing his intermarriages and aristocratic links, never inserting a single title above a rank of strict moderation.”
“We awakened to discover our family tree was up in the Yellow Oval Room, a glorious 14-foot tree.”
“The Tree of Jesse is a decorative device illustrating the geneology of Christ; it is the family tree of Christianity.”
“I received much information about the van Zestien family tree from both the brothers.”
“The Pelletiers were in fact the fifth-largest family in all of Quebec, and the Cap-Chat arm of the family tree had produced mostly farmers.”
“There's a bunch of other nutwads in the family tree who deserve mentioning, I mean, we haven't even touched on the in-laws yet, and that's a whole other family tree of monkeys.”
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