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

Definition of bloodline

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

Examples of bloodline in a Sentence

came from a bloodline that could be traced back to the 12th century
Recent Examples on the Web Julian using nothing more than the power of music and the talent which flows through his bloodline is about to share a classic musical moment from history with everyone who has $11 to help Ukraine. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Inevitably, there’s a terrible sense of needless loss, the terror of Nazi persecution exacerbated by our heroine’s realization that mental illness and suicide have run through her family bloodline. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 21 Apr. 2022 Roscoe was one of many in the bloodline to die young. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 2 May 2022 Rainier needed a wife who could have children because, under a 1918 treaty with Paris, the principality would revert to France if his bloodline died out. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Something about this play feels like it’s the bloodline of my family or something. New York Times, 6 May 2022 The filly whose bloodline includes both Curlin and AP Indy has won both of her starts this year and four out of her five overall. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, 5 May 2022 The horses are then categorized by a different bloodline, genotype, breed, gender and color coat, resulting in over 90,000 potential combinations. J.l. Kirven, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 Certainly Fury, who is of Irish-Gypsy heritage and comes from a bloodline of bare-knuckle champions, is the more skilful of the two boxers. Mark Heim |, al, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bloodline

1658, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bloodline was in 1658

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7 Jun 2022

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“Bloodline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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