blood·​line | \ˈbləd-ˌlīn \

Definition of bloodline 

: a sequence of direct ancestors especially in a pedigree also : family, strain

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Examples of bloodline in a Sentence

came from a bloodline that could be traced back to the 12th century

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In July, the president offered to donate $1 million to her favorite charity if a DNA test proved her Native American bloodline. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Warren accuses Trump of ‘creepy’ comments about her DNA test," 15 Oct. 2018 It’s more about the question of what happens when this kind of power is handed down through bloodlines. Ellen Gray,, "'Succession' producer Adam McKay talks about HBO's new wealthy-family drama," 1 June 2018 Once a bloodline is mingled with racing fuel, the mix seems difficult to separate. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Unexpected crossroads: NASCAR without the France family?," 8 May 2018 Jackson comes from basketball bloodlines: his father played in the NBA for a decade, and his mother works for the WNBA Players’ Association. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Draft: Jaren Jackson Jr. Scouting Report and Highlights," 18 June 2018 The Royals’ logo is based on Joffrey Baratheon, whose bloodlines aren’t, um, the purest. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Graphic artist reimagines MLB logos with a ‘Game of Thrones’ look," 13 July 2018 To Elizabeth's dismay, Mary birthed a son, prolonging her family's bloodline., "Margot Robbie & Saoirse Ronan's Orange Wigs Alone Are Oscar-Worthy In Mary Queen Of Scots Trailer," 12 July 2018 But the horses need to be approved by Mrs. Leatherdale’s farm to ensure that the bloodlines of dressage horses remain strong. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "Forget the Kentucky Derby Prize. The Big Return on Investment Is in Breeding.," 4 May 2018 My Netflix queue reflects an array of programs revolving around architecture, royal bloodlines, and nature. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "CYN Returns With Pulsing New Track 'Believer': Exclusive Premiere," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bloodline

1658, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodline

: the ancestors of a person or animal

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