blood·​line | \ ˈbləd-ˌlīn How to pronounce bloodline (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Rojas is well respected in the game and has strong bloodlines, but this is his first managerial post in the majors. John Holler, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "How many games will the New York Mets win in 2020?," 16 Feb. 2020 Even heirloom varieties have complex bloodlines — China, Damask, Bourbon, etc. Washington Post, "Gardens have largely lost their fragrance. Here’s how we can bring it back.," 4 Dec. 2019 Similarly, Dan Duquette and Dave Dombrowski have baseball bloodlines to the Nationals., "Now, as the 2019 World Series unfolds in D.C. this weekend — with the underdog Nationals in position to win a championship in the shadow of the Washington Monument — it’s a fine time to look back on the bad old days of Washington baseball.," 27 Oct. 2019 Rodriguez is an Evanston resident but has Loyola bloodlines. Jon J. Kerr,, "A rare honor: Evanston lacrosse star Madeline Rodriguez selected for Under Armour 150 showcase," 9 June 2019 The Quattroporte's bloodline is certainly scandalous, for Maserati has drifted in and out of bankruptcy since it was founded in 1926. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Maserati Quattroporte," 21 Apr. 2020 Jefferson is the most polished of the quintet, a skilled route runner whose NFL bloodlines are obvious. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan was their breeding ground. Now they're on the verge of an NFL dream," 19 Apr. 2020 Despite showrunner Will Davies' best efforts to electrify the stakes with contemporary high-fantasy clichés ranging from sassy maidens to Shamanistic bloodlines, the story remains downright quaint and the climax laughably limp. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Letter for the King': TV Review," 20 Mar. 2020 Maybe their bloodline spirits crossed, perhaps hundreds of years ago across a highland moor, their prey the red grouse. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Bird dogs and raptors seem to share an ancient connection," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bloodline

1658, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2020

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“Bloodline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodline

: the ancestors of a person or animal

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