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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s only the American lineage, but CNN — via doc producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and HBO — compound the partiality by stealth, suggesting that movie history only means Hollywood (ignoring cross-cultural influence). Armond White, National Review, "CNN Fakes Movie History as Well as the News," 5 July 2019 In that sense, Hutchings is part of another lineage: hip-hop and acid jazz. Greg Kot,, "Shabaka Hutchings rides a new kind of jazz comet," 13 June 2019 There is Annabelle, an Arabian mini-horse procured from Oregon for her svelte lineage. azcentral, "A red-brick ranch in Glendale is more than a home. Take a look inside the pet sanctuary and urban farm," 20 June 2019 While Baby Sussex's name was destined to be on the lips of many thanks to his royal lineage, commentators appeared to say it with particular glee. Lucie Zhang, Vogue, "The Best Reactions to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Baby Name," 8 May 2019 Plus, there's always a chance Jon proves his true lineage by riding a dragon or repelling fire. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8: 18 Fan Theories to Know," 18 Mar. 2019 About 3 million to 4 million years ago, a few million years after our own lineage split from other apes, a second mutation activated the once non-functional code. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Finding Human Ancestors in New Places," 15 Jan. 2019 This is a further example that the WWE championship, despite all its lineage, currently stands as the company’s secondary title behind the Universal championship. 5. Justin Barrasso,, "Five Takeaways From WWE Greatest Royal Rumble," 27 Apr. 2018 The eight men descending from the sky can trace their professional lineage to a lightning bolt that hit a tree just east of Yellowstone National Park in August of 1937. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of lineage

Noun (1)

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

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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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