blood·line | \ˈbləd-ˌlīn \

Definition of bloodline 

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

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

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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 Liberals, who decry entrenched privilege at home, seem strangely OK with a British aristocracy that conveys titles and estates through bloodlines. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 Vince Ellis' buzz: Good bloodlines from his father, who won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "2018 NBA draft: Meet the draft possibilities from Michigan," 21 June 2018 What a shame where our deliberative process does not involve guns or knives, our representation is not dependent on a bloodline, nor who has the most feared army. Michael Smerconish,, "How 2018 commencement speakers talked about Trump without saying his name | Michael Smerconish," 7 June 2018 That’s a lofty goal for any player, bloodlines be damned. Jon Tayler,, "Welcome to the New Era: 19-Year-Old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is Baseball's Most Exciting Prospect," 24 May 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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