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dynasty

noun dy·nas·ty \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

1
:  a succession of rulers of the same line of descent
2
:  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

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism
DYNASTY Defined for Kids

dynasty

noun dy·nas·ty \ˈdī-nə-stē\
plural dy·nas·ties

Definition of DYNASTY for Kids

:  a series of rulers of the same family

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