noun \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


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