dynasty

noun
dy·​nas·​ty | \ ˈdī-nə-stē How to pronounce dynasty (audio) also -ˌna-stē, especially British ˈdi-nə-stē \
plural dynasties

Essential Meaning of dynasty

1 : a family of rulers who rule over a country for a long period of time a dynasty that ruled China for nearly 300 years also : the period of time when a particular dynasty is in power There was a civil war during the dynasty.
2 : a family, team, etc., that is very powerful or successful for a long period of time She was born into a powerful political dynasty. a baseball dynasty

Full Definition of dynasty

1 : a succession of rulers of the same line of descent (see descent sense 1a) a dynasty that ruled China for nearly 300 years
2 : a powerful group or family that maintains its position for a considerable time born into a powerful political dynasty a baseball dynasty

Other Words from dynasty

dynastic \ dī-​ˈna-​stik How to pronounce dynasty (audio) \ adjective
dynastically \ dī-​ˈna-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dynasty (audio) \ adverb

Sports Dynasties

Dynasty has been in use in English for over 600 years, for most of that time referring to a ruling family that maintains power through succession. Around the beginning of the 19th century, the word developed the figurative sense “a group or family that dominates a particular field for generations.” Nowadays, this sense of dynasty is often applied to a sports franchise which has a prolonged run of successful seasons. The sports use appears to have begun in the early 20th century. An article in The Washington Post in 1905 refers to “John T. Brush’s baseball dynasty,” and by 1912 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that “if players were free agents at the end of every two years, baseball dynasties such as those built up by the Cubs, Athletics, Detroits and Giants would not be possible.”

Dynasty Has Greek Roots

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.

Examples of dynasty in a Sentence

a dynasty that ruled China for nearly 300 years There was a civil war during the dynasty. She was born into a powerful political dynasty.
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Recent Examples on the Web The federal charges have the family’s political dynasty teetering on the edge of a final collapse, but Burke has shown little interest in discussing his case publicly. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, 8 Jan. 2022 Dawson Springs is connected to a mini-political dynasty in the Bluegrass State. Bruce Schreiner, ajc, 14 Dec. 2021 Cuomo’s downfall was a remarkable reversal of fortune for a man who is part of a political dynasty and who a year ago was considered a likely future White House contender. Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 In the face of a deficit of tens of thousands of votes in a close count following Peru’s June 6 presidential election, Keiko Fujimori, the 46-year-old doyen of a right-wing political dynasty, declined to concede. BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2021 The scion of a conservative political dynasty, Cheney's ejection underscores the party's transformation into a party motivated less by policy so much as personalityand grievance. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 16 May 2021 The folksy Hall of Fame coach who built Florida State into an unprecedented college football dynasty. Bernard Mcghee, ajc, 10 Dec. 2021 The folksy Hall of Fame coach who built Florida State into an unprecedented college football dynasty. Bernard Mcghee, Chron, 2 Dec. 2021 Coach Bud Kling, who was just voted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, built the Dolphins’ tennis dynasty. Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of dynasty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dynasty

Middle English dynastia, dynastie "power, sovereignty, succession of rulers," borrowed from Medieval Latin dynastīa, going back to Late Latin, "rule, power," borrowed from Greek dynasteía "arbitrarily exercised political power, lordship, rule," from dynástēs "holder of political power, lord, ruler" + -eia -y entry 2 — more at dynast

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23 Jan 2022

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“Dynasty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynasty. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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dynasty

noun
dy·​nas·​ty | \ ˈdī-nə-stē How to pronounce dynasty (audio) \
plural dynasties

Kids Definition of dynasty

: a series of rulers of the same family

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