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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree.
  • n. Direct descent from an ancestor; lineage or pedigree.
  • n. The study or investigation of ancestry and family histories.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; lineage or pedigree.
  • n. A record or table of such descent; a family tree.
  • n. The study, and formal recording of such descents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An account or history of the descent of a person or family from an ancestor; enumeration of ancestors and their children in the natural order of succession; a pedigree.
  • n. Regular descent of a person or family from a progenitor; pedigree; lineage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An account or history of the descent of a person or family from an ancestor; an enumeration of ancestors and their descendants in the natural order of succession.
  • n. In biology, a similar tracing of the lines of descent of animals or plants from ancestral forms. See evolution.
  • n. Pedigree; lineage; regular descent of a person or family from a progenitor.
  • n. Progeny; offspring; generation.
  • n. Synonyms Lineage, etc. See pedigree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the study or investigation of ancestry and family history
  • n. successive generations of kin

Etymologies

Middle English genealogie, from Old French, from Late Latin geneālogia, from Greek geneālogiā : geneā, family; + -logiā, -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French genealogie (Modern French généalogie), from Late Latin genealogia, from Ancient Greek γενεαλογία (genealogia), from γενεά (genea, "generation, descent") and -λογία (-logia, "study of") (Wiktionary)

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