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

  • n. The condition or fact of being the child of a certain parent.
  • n. Law Judicial determination of paternity.
  • n. A line of descent; derivation.
  • n. The act or fact of forming a new branch, as of a society or language group.
  • n. The branch thus formed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being a child of a specified parent
  • n. The ancestry or lineage shared by a group having the same bloodline
  • n. The determination of paternity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The relationship of a son or child to a parent, esp. to a father.
  • n. The assignment of a bastard child to some one as its father; affiliation.
  • n. Descent from, or as if from, a parent; relationship like that of a son.
  • n. One that is derived from a parent or source; an offshoot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The relation of a son or daughter to a parent: the correlative of paternity.
  • n. The establishment of a filial relation, specifically by adoption.
  • n. In law, the judicial determination of the paternity of a child, especially of a bastard; affiliation.
  • n. Any analogous close connection or relation.
  • n. An individual or group of individuals derived from one source or parent.

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

  • n. the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors
  • n. inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline


Sorry, no etymologies found.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Some offspring will bear humiliation
    In pageants of sham conciliation.
    Such steps they will take
    When money's at stake
    To make the most of a bad filiation.

    February 26, 2015