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

  • n. Ancestral descent or lineage.
  • n. Ancestors considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A series or line of ancestors or progenitors; lineage, or those who compose a preceding line of natural descent.
  • n. Hence Descent from a line of honorable ancestors; high birth.
  • n. In biology, the series of ancestors or ancestral types through which an organized being may have come to be what it is in the process of evolution.

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

  • n. inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
  • n. the descendants of one individual

Etymologies

Middle English auncestrie, alteration (influenced by auncestre) of Old French ancesserie, from ancessour, ancestor, from Latin antecessor; see ancestor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French ancesserie. See ancestor. (Wiktionary)

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