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

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But the execution of the Romanovs didn't wipe out the bloodline entirely; their modern relatives include members of British royal family, including Prince Harry. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Prince Harry Is Related to the Romanovs, the Last Russian Tsars," 16 July 2018 His older half brother, Kim Jong Nam, also shared this bloodline, and that was probably why he was killed last year: to take out a potential rival for the leadership. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Kim Jong Un to send his sister to South Korea as part of Olympic delegation," 7 Feb. 2018 Is there something even more sinister about the Blossom bloodline that's yet to be uncovered? De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Gina Gershon and Trinity Likins to Join "Riverdale" Season 3," 7 Oct. 2018 Both are often misused to pitch Angus beef with a Japanese steer somewhere in the bloodline. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Dishonest menus: Diners, beware of 7 restaurant lies you may be swallowing right now," 13 June 2018 But when the 23andMe representative reveals that the African DNA was introduced in Mr. Habersberger’s bloodline between 1720 and 1810, the mood sours. New York Times, "The Racial Spectacle of DNA Test Result Videos," 6 May 2018 The big hats and seersucker suits aren't really Louisville Since auction catalogs designate the stakes winners in horse's bloodlines with bold-faced type, Hip 454's possibilities practically leaped off the page. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby hopeful Mendelssohn has the look and genes of a winner," 3 May 2018 Hiring practices, especially on the editorial side, have long favored bloodline and pedigree. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "The High Price of Being Kate Spade," 7 June 2018 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

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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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