Definition of genealogy
1 : an account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or from older forms
3 : the study of family ancestral lines
4 : an account of the origin and historical development of something
genealogicalplay \ˌjē-nē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌje-nē-\ adjective
genealogicallyplay \ˌjē-nē-ə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē, ˌje-nē-\ adverb
Examples of genealogy in a Sentence
They've been researching their genealogies.
has a distinguished genealogy that traces back to William the Conqueror
Recent Examples of genealogy from the Web
To that extent, the arguments in the trans bathroom controversy have a long genealogy, reflecting changing conceptions of normal bodies and behavior.
Marilyn Giese will offer free help with genealogy research.
Many other research results were detailed, from other ways to examine academic genealogy to how to determine what your next research project should be.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
GENEALOGY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of genealogy for Students
1 : a line of ancestors of a person or family or a history of such a line of ancestors
2 : the study of family lines of ancestors
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