genealogy

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noun ge·ne·al·o·gy \ˌjē-nē-ˈä-lə-jē also -ˈa-lə- also ˌje-nē-\

Definition of genealogy

plural

genealogies

  1. 1 :  an account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or from older forms

  2. 2 :  regular descent of a person, family, or group of organisms from a progenitor (see progenitor 1) or older form :  pedigree

  3. 3 :  the study of family ancestral lines

  4. 4 :  an account of the origin and historical development of something

genealogical

play \ˌjē-nē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌje-nē-\ adjective

genealogically

play \ˌjē-nē-ə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē, ˌje-nē-\ adverb

Examples of genealogy in a Sentence

  1. They've been researching their genealogies.

  2. has a distinguished genealogy that traces back to William the Conqueror

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Origin and Etymology of genealogy

Middle English genealogie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin genealogia, from Greek, from genea race, family + -logia -logy; akin to Greek genos race


First Known Use: 14th century

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GENEALOGY Defined for English Language Learners

genealogy

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Definition of genealogy for English Language Learners

  • : the study of family history

  • : the history of a particular family showing how the different members of the family are related to each other


GENEALOGY Defined for Kids

genealogy

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noun ge·ne·al·o·gy \ˌjē-nē-ˈä-lə-jē\

Definition of genealogy for Students

plural

genealogies

  1. 1 :  a line of ancestors of a person or family or a history of such a line of ancestors

  2. 2 :  the study of family lines of ancestors



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