noun an·ces·try \ˈan-ˌses-trē\

: a person's ancestors : the people who were in your family in past times

Full Definition of ANCESTRY

:  line of descent :  lineage; especially :  honorable, noble, or aristocratic descent
:  persons initiating or comprising a line of descent :  ancestors

Examples of ANCESTRY

  1. They claim to be of noble ancestry.
  2. a person of unknown ancestry
  3. She claims to be able to trace her ancestry all the way back to the earliest settlers.

First Known Use of ANCESTRY

14th century
ANCESTRY Defined for Kids


noun an·ces·try \ˈan-ˌse-strē\
plural an·ces·tries

Definition of ANCESTRY for Kids

:  a person's ancestors


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