dynasty

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noun dy·nas·ty \ˈdī-nə-stē also -ˌnas-tē, especially British ˈdi-nə-stē\

Definition of dynasty

plural

dynasties

  1. 1 :  a succession of rulers of the same line of descent

  2. 2 :  a powerful group or family that maintains its position for a considerable time

dynastic

play \dī-ˈnas-tik\ adjective

dynastically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of dynasty in a sentence

  1. a dynasty that ruled China for nearly 300 years

  2. There was a civil war during the dynasty.

  3. She was born into a powerful political dynasty.

Did You Know?

Dynast and dynasty both descend from the Greek verb dynasthai, which means "to be able" or "to have power." Dynasty came to prominence in English first; it has been part of our language since at least the 14th century. Dynast took its place in the linguistic family line in the early 1600s, and it has been used to describe sovereigns and other rulers ever since.

14th Century

First Known Use of dynasty

14th century


DYNASTY Defined for English Language Learners

dynasty

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noun dy·nas·ty \ˈdī-nə-stē also -ˌnas-tē, especially British ˈdi-nə-stē\

Definition of dynasty for English Language Learners

  • : a family of rulers who rule over a country for a long period of time; also : the period of time when a particular dynasty is in power

  • : a family, team, etc., that is very powerful or successful for a long period of time


DYNASTY Defined for Kids

dynasty

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noun dy·nas·ty \ˈdī-nə-stē\

Definition of dynasty for Students

plural

dynasties

  1. :  a series of rulers of the same family



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