family tree


Definition of family tree

1 : genealogy
2 : a genealogical diagram

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Examples of family tree in a Sentence

A framed family tree hung on the wall. his family tree includes writers, musical composers, and other notables in the arts
Recent Examples on the Web On both sides of my family tree, my relatives have overcome many obstacles. Rachel King, Fortune, "The pantsuit designed for working from home," 25 Apr. 2021 And with her research into her own family tree more or less concluded, Krygier occasionally ponders sifting through a thrift store and making a new postcard the center of a quest. CNN, "The postcard that came home after 60 years," 16 Apr. 2021 The genome study also shows that a thick branch on the Bacho Kiro humans’ family tree belongs to the Neanderthals. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some of Europe’s Oldest-Known Modern Humans Are Distantly Related to Native Americans," 7 Apr. 2021 If your affinity for Poland goes beyond eating pierogi on Christmas, take a close look at your family tree. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Countries Where You Can Get a Passport Through Ancestry," 2 Apr. 2021 After all, there are dozens of branches on the SARS-CoV-2 family tree, and each of them might have been a chance for genetic mischief. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "Luck is essential for any successful coronavirus variant, study shows," 27 Mar. 2021 Even so, by 1991 the technology had advanced to a point that a machine could learn to identify connections on a family tree or drive a Chevy from Pittsburgh to Erie, Pennsylvania. Seth Stern, The Christian Science Monitor, "Machines that learn: The origin story of artificial intelligence," 23 Mar. 2021 About a third of its 429 members of Parliament could be placed on the same family tree, and two in every five belonged to the aristocracy. Samuel Earle, The New Republic, "The Sordid Story of the Most Successful Political Party in the World," 23 Feb. 2021 By looking at which individuals shared certain point mutations, known as single nucleotide polymorphisms, the researchers pieced together a rough family tree for the Indigenous populations of the Pacific. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Study reveals ‘exciting’ history of humans in Pacific. But critics blast lack of Indigenous input," 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of family tree

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Apr 2021

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“Family tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of family tree

: a drawing or chart that shows how the different members of a family are related to each other

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