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dynasty

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noun dy·nas·ty \ˈdī-nə-stē also -ˌnas-tē, especially British ˈdi-nə-stē\

Simple Definition of dynasty

  • : 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

Full Definition of dynasty

plural dy·nas·ties

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

  2. 2 :  a powerful group or family that maintains its position for a considerable time

dy·nas·tic play \dī-ˈnas-tik\ adjective
dy·nas·ti·cal·ly play \-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.



14th Century

First Known Use of dynasty

14th century


DYNASTY Defined for Kids

dynasty

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noun dy·nas·ty \ˈdī-nə-stē\

Definition of dynasty

plural dy·nas·ties

  1. :  a series of rulers of the same family





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