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

: the number of lines of printed or written matter

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of lineage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Metts, who has traced his lineage on his mother’s side to the Speck Plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia, was behind a push for the name change in 2010, CBS News reported. Rachel Desantis,, "Rhode Island Takes Steps to Change Its Official Name, Which Has 'Painful' Connection to Slavery," 24 June 2020 McComb comes from a lineage that includes stints at Lake Travis, Round Rock, Stoney Point, Leander, and Hutto as boy’s coach and in New Caney, Angleton, and most recently Dayton as girls head coach. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Summer Creek Bulldogs new lady’s soccer coach brings wealth of experience," 20 June 2020 Markinson views Seattle's ongoing experiment as part of a lineage of anarchist neighborhoods such as Exarcheia in Athens, Rojava in northeastern Syria and Free Christiana in Copenhagen. Gregory Scruggs, Anchorage Daily News, "This Seattle protest zone is police-free. So volunteers are stepping up to provide security.," 18 June 2020 African American was often used, but is not always accurate – some black people don't trace their lineage to Africa. David Bauder, The Christian Science Monitor, "What's in a word? US newsrooms move to capitalize 'Black.'," 16 June 2020 For casual gamers the original PS4 or Slim will suffice, but for hardcore enthusiasts and those seeking the best possible performance out of their system, the Pro is the best the PS4 lineage has to offer. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "Sony lifts the veil on PS5 and 'Future of Gaming' in 4 p.m. live stream," 11 June 2020 Family members knew to consult Jones for answers about their lineage. Enquirer Staff,, "The pandemic's toll is real. Here are a few of those we've lost.," 11 June 2020 Existing outside of the major-label ecosystem, these artists build off the grand lineage of regional mixtape DJs whose work is deeply ingrained in the communities that Black Lives Matter seeks to defend. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Defund the Police Gets Its Anthem," 9 June 2020 This isn't the first time Till's name – part of a long lineage of black Americans dying at the hands of police and vigilantes – has been invoked during periods of uprisings in the U.S. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Emmett Till's lynching ignited a civil rights movement. Historians say George Floyd's death could do the same," 7 June 2020

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.

See More

First Known Use of lineage

Noun (1)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lineage

Time Traveler for lineage

Time Traveler

The first known use of lineage was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for lineage

Last Updated

27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lineage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on lineage

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


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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