noun \ˈdī-nə-stē also -ˌnas-tē, especially British ˈdi-nə-stē\

: a family of rulers who rule over a country for a long period of time; also : the period of time when a particular dynasty is in power

: a family, team, etc., that is very powerful or successful for a long period of time

plural dy·nas·ties

Full Definition of DYNASTY

:  a succession of rulers of the same line of descent
:  a powerful group or family that maintains its position for a considerable time
dy·nas·tic \dī-ˈnas-tik\ adjective
dy·nas·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of DYNASTY

  1. a dynasty that ruled China for nearly 300 years
  2. There was a civil war during the dynasty.
  3. She was born into a powerful political dynasty.

First Known Use of DYNASTY

14th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

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