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genealogy

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noun ge·ne·al·o·gy \-jē\

Simple Definition of genealogy

  • : the study of family history

  • : the history of a particular family showing how the different members of the family are related to each other

Full Definition of genealogy

plural ge·ne·al·o·gies

  1. 1 :  an account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or from older forms

  2. 2 :  regular descent of a person, family, or group of organisms from a progenitor or older form :  pedigree

  3. 3 :  the study of family pedigrees

  4. 4 :  an account of the origin and historical development of something

ge·ne·a·log·i·cal play \ˌjē-nē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌje-nē-\ adjective
ge·ne·a·log·i·cal·ly play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of genealogy

  1. They've been researching their genealogies.

  2. <has a distinguished genealogy that traces back to William the Conqueror>



Origin of genealogy

Middle English genealogie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin genealogia, from Greek, from genea race, family + -logia -logy; akin to Greek genos race


First Known Use: 14th century

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