ancestry

  • 1 ancestry — ancestry, lineage, pedigree mean either one’s progenitors collectively or their quality or character as a whole. The words, however, are clearly distinguishable. Ancestry in its most restricted use evokes the image of a family tree with its… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 ancestry — I noun affiliation, ascendants, blood, blood relationship, blood tie, bloodline, cognation, connection, consanguinity, derivation, descent, family, family connection, family tree, filiation, forebears, forefathers, former generations, genealogy,… …

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  • 3 Ancestry — An ces*try, n. [Cf. OF. ancesserie. See {Ancestor}.] 1. Condition as to ancestors; ancestral lineage; hence, birth or honorable descent. [1913 Webster] Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 ancestry — (n.) early 14c., from O.Fr. ancesserie ancestry, ancestors, forefathers, from ancestre (see ANCESTOR (Cf. ancestor)); spelling modified in English by influence of ancestor …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 ancestry — [n] family predecessors; family history ancestor, antecedent, antecessor, blood, breed, breeding, derivation, descent, extraction, forebear, forefather, foregoer, foremother, forerunner, genealogy, heritage, house, kindred, line, lineage, origin …

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  • 6 ancestry — ► NOUN (pl. ancestries) ▪ a person s ancestors or ethnic origins …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 ancestry — [an′ses΄trē; ] also [, an′səstrē, an′sistrē] n. pl. ancestries [ME ancestrie < OFr ancesserie < ancestre, ANCESTOR] 1. family descent or lineage 2. ancestors collectively: opposed to POSTERITY 3. noble or distinguished descent …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 ancestry — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ common, shared ▪ The two species have developed from a common ancestry. ▪ African, Japanese, etc. VERB + ANCESTRY …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 9 ancestry — n. 1) to trace one s ancestry 2) of (a certain) ancestry (to be of French ancestry) * * * [ ænsəstrɪ] to trace one s ancestry of (a certain) ancestry (to be of French ancestry) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 ancestry — an|ces|try [ˈænsəstri, ses US ses ] n plural ancestries [C usually singular, U] formal the members of your family who lived a long time ago of ... ancestry ▪ Her mother is of German ancestry (=has German ancestors) . ▪ Helen s family can trace… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 ancestry — /an ses tree/ or, esp. Brit., / seuh stree/, n., pl. ancestries. 1. family or ancestral descent; lineage. 2. honorable or distinguished descent: famous by title and ancestry. 3. a series of ancestors: His ancestry settled Utah. 4. the inception… …

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  • 12 ancestry — an|ces|try [ æn,sestri ] noun singular or uncount the people related to you who lived a long time ago: They could trace their ancestry back to the 16th century. a family of Danish ancestry …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 ancestry — [[t]æ̱nsestri[/t]] ancestries N COUNT: usu with supp Your ancestry is the fact that you are descended from certain people. ...a family who could trace their ancestry back to the sixteenth century …

    English dictionary

  • 14 ancestry — UK [ˈænsestrɪ] / US [ˈænˌsestrɪ] noun [singular/uncountable] the people related to you who lived a long time ago They could trace their ancestry back to the 16th century. His family was of Danish ancestry …

    English dictionary

  • 15 ancestry — noun /ˈæn.sɛs.tɹi/ a) Condition as to ancestors; ancestral lineage; hence, birth or honorable descent. Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible. Addison. b) A series of ancestors or progenitors;… …

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  • 16 ancestry — Synonyms and related words: affiliation, agnate, agnation, alliance, aristocracy, aristocraticalness, birth, blood, blood relation, blood relationship, blood relative, blue blood, breed, breeding, brotherhood, brothership, clansman, cognate,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 ancestry — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Series of ancestors Nouns 1. (family history) ancestry, paternity, maternity, origins, background, parentage, breeding; house, stem, trunk, branch, tree, roots, stock, stirps, pedigree, lineage, blood,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 ancestry — noun (plural ancestries) a person s ancestors or ethnic descent: her Irish ancestry …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 ancestry — noun (countable usually singular, uncountable) the members of your family who lived a long time ago: of French/Scottish etc ancestry (=having ancestors who were French, Scottish etc) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 ancestry — noun our Polish ancestry Syn: ancestors, forebears, forefathers, progenitors, antecedents; family tree; lineage, parentage, genealogy, descent, roots, stock, line …

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