1

lineage

noun lin·e·age \ ˈli-nē-ij also ˈli-nij \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of lineage

1 a : 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

Recent Examples of lineage from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lineage.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of lineage

14th century

Other Genetics Terms


2

lineage

noun line·age

less common spelling of

: the number of lines of printed or written matter

LINEAGE Defined for English Language Learners

lineage

noun

Definition of lineage for English Language Learners

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


LINEAGE Defined for Kids

lineage

noun lin·eage \ ˈli-nē-ij \

Definition of lineage for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

lineage

noun 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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up lineage? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the significant part of a grievance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu-jedi-training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!