noun (1)
lin·​e·​age | \ ˈli-nē-ij also ˈli-nij \

Definition of lineage

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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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Examples of lineage in a Sentence

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The Power’s critique of gender politics comes from defamiliarizing the status quo rather than from exaggerating it the way Atwood and Dalcher do, but the Handmaid’s Tale lineage is clear. Constance Grady, Vox, "How 3 feminist dystopias are trying to update The Handmaid’s Tale for today," 29 Aug. 2018 The family continued to breed dogs from Susan’s lineage. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Queen Elizabeth banned her beloved corgis from the bedroom because they snored, doc claims," 22 Aug. 2018 Eventually the question could be whether the family's sports lineage continues. Ira Winderman,, "Heat coach Erik Spoelstra reflects on whirlwind birth of Santiago Ray Spoelstra," 27 Mar. 2018 Payne said humans’ primate lineage goes back to about the time the ancestral whales entered the water. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Had our human ancestors taken to the sea, we would have been big and blubbery," 26 Mar. 2018 For example, the American Kennel Club, the governing body of dog shows including the Westminster, recognizes 192 breeds and verifies a dog’s purebred status through its lineage. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth Was Fooled by a Fake Purebreed Dog," 18 Sep. 2018 The 32-inch-by-26-inch piece is made from reclaimed cotton on Capitol Hill by master weaver Lenna Petersen, who draws inspiration from her own lineage of fiber artists. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "5 locally made home finds to spruce up your fall décor," 10 Sep. 2018 This includes a 1932 Art Deco style reading lamp that’s inspired by the city’s Art Deco architecture and its long lineage of scientific discoveries. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Whimsical installation reimagines five classic lamps as large-scale sculptures," 9 July 2018 In a 2016 interview with The Daily Mail, Mountbatten said his family lineage wasn’t what prevented him from coming out all these years. Sarah Midkiff,, "It's The Royal Family's First Same Sex Wedding," 17 June 2018

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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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to gather or build up little by little

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