noun (1)
lin·​e·​age | \ˈli-nē-ij 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

: the number of lines of printed or written matter

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The musical lineage of West Side Story is made clear when Jamie explains how Bernstein visited Key West, heard radio signals from Cuba, and started writing Conch Town. Peter Dobrin,, "'Late Night' takes a spin through Leonard Bernstein's big brain," 22 Apr. 2018 In the case of Girls, the lineage is literal: one of the HBO comedy’s show-runners, Jennifer Konner, is the daughter of Cagney & Lacey writer Ronnie Wenker-Konner. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "They’re Back! Murphy Brown and Cagney & Lacey Return to the Small Screen in the #MeToo Era," 30 Mar. 2018 The lineage was discovered through Rev. William Skipper, a royal descendant who arrived in New England in 1639. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Technically 17th Cousins," 30 Nov. 2017 That some have suggested a direct lineage between the tandoor and the toné? Hannah Walhout, Smithsonian, "Forget Baguettes — Why In-the-Know Bread Lovers Should be Heading to the Caucasus (Recipe)," 5 July 2018 While introducing us to Carter’s novels, Gonzales also draws a lineage of black crime fiction. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Series Exhumes Out-of-Print Books by Black Authors," 14 June 2018 Meanwhile, matriarch Annie is not okay, and believes herself to be cursed by a lineage of people who are not okay, meaning that that her family — especially her emotionally troubled teenage son, Peter — will not be okay either. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Is Hereditary Really As Scary As Everyone Says?," 11 June 2018 My family history is rich with a long lineage of black women who've not been granted time to heal or address their personal wounds. Ericka Hart, Glamour, "Cancer May Have Changed My Breasts, But It Didn't Mess With My Sexy," 16 Apr. 2018 The double-naming could have been a way for Rhaegar to connect his sons to a long lineage of Targaryen rulers, many of which were named Aegon (the original ruler of the seven kingdoms was named Aegon the Conquerer). Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "10 Things You Missed During the Season 7 Finale of "Game of Thrones"," 28 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of lineage

Noun (1)

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

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line ahead


lineal measure

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English Language Learners Definition of lineage

: the people who were in someone's family in past times


lin·​eage | \ˈli-nē-ij \

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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