Definition of dynasty
1 : a succession of rulers of the same line of descent (see descent 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
dynasticplay \dī-ˈnas-tik\ adjective
dynasticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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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.
Recent Examples of dynasty from the Web
These, anti-corruption analysts say, are essential for restoring the public trust in a system increasingly seen as defined by money, special interests and family dynasties.
Now LeBron has cracked the code to winning multiple championships, and the Warriors have a chance to develop into a true dynasty.
His gift follows a $100,000 donation from Myers Park Baptist Church and a $1.5 million gift from Sara Belk Gambrell, a member of the Belk stores dynasty.
As a member of the colorful Italian fashion dynasty, Margherita Missoni has some serious style cred.
Born in Tunisia in 1332, Khaldun wrote a landmark text on the history of the world and its political dynasties.
The dynasty that once appeared so certain is again in the offing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Like the Kennedys no longer with us — U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Robert F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Jr. — many members of the political dynasty living today say their public service is inspired by JFK.
Chicago and Utah met in back-to-back years in 1997 and 1998, with Jordan's Bulls bullying the Jazz both years to cap off their dynasty on a high.
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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.”
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.
DYNASTY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of dynasty for Students
: a series of rulers of the same family
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