noun ge·ne·al·o·gy \-jē\

: the study of family history

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

plural ge·ne·al·o·gies

Full Definition of GENEALOGY

:  an account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or from older forms
:  regular descent of a person, family, or group of organisms from a progenitor or older form :  pedigree
:  the study of family pedigrees
:  an account of the origin and historical development of something
ge·ne·a·log·i·cal \ˌjē-nē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌje-nē-\ adjective
ge·ne·a·log·i·cal·ly \-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>


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

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt


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