ancestry

noun an·ces·try \ ˈan-ˌses-trē \

Definition of ancestry

1 :line of descent :lineage; especially :honorable, noble, or aristocratic descent
2 :persons initiating or comprising a line of descent :ancestors

Examples of ancestry in a Sentence

  1. They claim to be of noble ancestry.

  2. a person of unknown ancestry

  3. She claims to be able to trace her ancestry all the way back to the earliest settlers.

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First Known Use of ancestry

14th century


ANCESTRY Defined for English Language Learners

ancestry

noun

Definition of ancestry for English Language Learners

  • : a person's ancestors : the people who were in your family in past times


ANCESTRY Defined for Kids

ancestry

noun an·ces·try \ ˈan-ˌse-strē \

Definition of ancestry for Students

plural ancestries
:a person's ancestors


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