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 Thompson landed in Austin, despite his rival bloodline, following a sparkling career at Newcastle (Okla.): 12,840 total yards of offense, 154 total touchdowns, only 26 interceptions. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas quarterback battle won't be decided in Orange-White game," 24 Apr. 2021 Group-living mammals like lions may routinely pitch in with a sister’s or cousin’s cub, but the helping most often stops with the bloodline. Dina Litovsky, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Motherhood," 22 Apr. 2021 The WWE Universal champion closed out the show with his signature soft-spoken promo, discussing how his triumphs are designed to help his entire bloodline rather than just himself. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, "WWE WrestleMania 37 Results: Roman Reigns Pins Both Edge And Daniel Bryan To Retain," 12 Apr. 2021 Bacon was born in Ireland in 1909, descendant of an illustrious bloodline of military adventurers and rich industrialists. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, "The Turbulent Life of Francis Bacon," 7 Apr. 2021 One thing remained clear, in no uncertain terms: The monarchy exists to protect its own bloodline — and nothing else. Elly Belle,, "Conservatives Are Showing Their “Patriotism” By… Defending The British Monarchy?," 9 Mar. 2021 With proper care and routine cleaning, The Baby is capable of furthering the bloodline and bringing an average of eighty-four years of joy. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, "Robbie: A User’s Guide," 26 Feb. 2021 This time, the alarm bells weren’t being rung solely by someone who came from outside the royal bloodline. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Why We Watched Oprah Interview Meghan and Harry," 9 Mar. 2021 There seemed to be no appreciation of Meghan’s unique struggle as an American Black woman wedded into a lineage whose ancestors preferred to marry their cousins rather than disrupt the bloodline. Washington Post, "Meghan Markle and Her Majesty’s Human Resources Department," 7 Mar. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Bloodline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodline

: the ancestors of a person or animal

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