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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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 The candidates include a pair of top-10 prospects, defensive end Antonio Alfano and offensive tackle Evan Neal — along with two four-star quarterbacks with crimson bloodlines. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Nick Saban reloading defense with youthful Alabama team," 13 Apr. 2019 The Targaryens infamously married in the family for generations in an attempt to keep their dragon bloodline pure. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Could Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Marry on 'Game of Thrones'?," 15 Apr. 2019 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

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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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