Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun In biology, a similar tracing of the lines of descent of animals or plants from ancestral forms. See evolution.
  • noun Pedigree; lineage; regular descent of a person or family from a progenitor.
  • noun Progeny; offspring; generation.
  • noun Synonyms Lineage, etc. See pedigree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Regular descent of a person or family from a progenitor; pedigree; lineage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English genealogie, from Old French, from Late Latin geneālogia, from Greek geneālogiā : geneā, family; see genə- in Indo-European roots + -logiā, -logy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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")

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