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 still, Kim Jong-nam, as the firstborn son of this bloodline, which is very important in Korean culture, could claim the right to be the leader of North Korea. CBS News, "Transcript: Anna Fifield talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 19 June 2019 Between Guerrero, Biggio and Bichette, the Blue Jays seemingly have a thing for major league bloodlines. Jon Tayler,, "Like Father, Like Son: More Kids of Big Leaguers Are on the Way," 14 June 2019 There were plenty of other players with famous bloodlines to hear their names called as the three-day draft concluded with rounds 11 through 40. Dennis Waszak Jr., The Denver Post, "Blue Jays take son of Roy Halladay on Day 3 of MLB draft," 5 June 2019 Davidson has major league bloodlines, as his father Mark, who also played at Clemson, was a six-year major league infielder with Minnesota and Houston who was an 11th-round draft pick by the Twins in 1982. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "A’s draft Clemson shortstop Logan Davidson in first round," 3 June 2019 The world did not stop spinning though, and that includes for the people who actually share a bloodline with Archie Harrison. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Why Haven't Prince William and Kate Middleton Met Archie Harrison Yet?," 11 May 2019 Twenty to 30 percent of each generation’s pups don’t survive this trial, but those that do carry strong bloodlines into the next generation. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "'Bad moms' of the animal kingdom are only trying to survive," 10 May 2019 Though Leopold was married to Victoria's first cousin, Princess Charlotte, that's not how the two monarchs share a bloodline. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Was Queen Victoria's Uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium?," 18 Feb. 2019 And diluting the bloodline does seem to have resulted in some Targaryens born without the dragon blood powers. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Could Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Marry on 'Game of Thrones'?," 15 Apr. 2019

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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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