noun (1)
lin·​e·​age | \ ˈli-nē-ij How to pronounce lineage (audio) also ˈli-nij \

Definition of lineage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : descent in a line from a common progenitor
b : derivation the gun's direct lineage is in the 1960s— Erik Larson
2 : a group of individuals tracing descent from a common ancestor especially : such a group of persons whose common ancestor is regarded as its founder


noun (2)

less common spelling of linage

: the number of lines of printed or written matter

Examples of lineage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pandas are a type of bear, but genetic analysis shows their lineage diverged from other bears about 19 million years ago. Tom Metcalfe, NBC News, 1 Aug. 2022 All exploit commonalities shared by sarbecoviruses that could be used to combat their entire lineage. Wired, 28 July 2022 Now 27, Ashley has made a name for himself in drag racing that goes beyond his familial lineage. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 11 July 2022 His lineage, from OutKast to Janis Joplin, is clear and alive in his work. Riley Van Steward, Forbes, 5 June 2022 At the end of his life, Dixon said, Brewer didn’t mention his lineage of players much. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2022 The failure to secure an elite talent with that kind of lineage was viewed as a stinging indictment. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2022 Showalter’s attention to detail is unsurpassed, and with Billy Eppler, the Met’s first-year general manager, some of that old Yankees’ lineage is evident. New York Times, 7 June 2022 In fact, a preliminary genetic analysis from University of Edinburgh scientists suggests that the evolution of this monkeypox lineage suddenly accelerated sometime between 2017 and 2022. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lineage

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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15 Aug 2022

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“Lineage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for lineage


lin·​eage | \ ˈli-nē-ij How to pronounce lineage (audio) \

Kids Definition of lineage

1 : the ancestors from whom a person is descended
2 : people descended from the same ancestor


lin·​e·​age | \ ˈlin-ē-ij also ˈlin-ij \

Medical Definition of lineage

1 : descent in a line from a common progenitor
2 : a group of individuals descended from a common ancestor replication in T cell lineages

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