lineage

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

lineage

noun (2)
line·​age

less common spelling of

: the number of lines of printed or written matter

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Examples of lineage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Descendants of Charles and Maria Syphax can trace their lineage back to Parke Custis, who fathered children with Maria’s mother, Arianna Carter, also a slave. NBC News, 9 June 2021 Descendants of Charles and Maria Syphax can trace their lineage back to Parke Custis, who fathered children with Maria's mother, Arianna Carter, also a slave. Matthew Barakat, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 Descendants of Charles and Maria Syphax can trace their lineage back to Parke Custis, who fathered children with Maria's mother, Arianna Carter, also a slave. Matthew Barakat, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 The four concerning variants are now called Alpha (lineage B.1.1.7), Beta (B.1.351), Gamma (P.1) and Delta (B.1.617.2), which were first detected in the UK, South Africa, Brazil and India respectively. Jv Chamary, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The most august tailoring houses are English and Italian, but in shoemaking there’s another venerable lineage: Austro-Hungarian. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 25 May 2021 For starters, Dark Side claims lineage from one of the most important entries in the true-crime genre. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 6 May 2021 Ford, though, is uniquely gifted at rendering family trauma in specific yet expansive terms that invite readers to examine their own lineage. Vogue, 29 May 2021 Their lineage, Jafa said, dates beyond Marcel Duchamp to the African sub-Saharan masks and statues that, though alienated from their spiritual context, destabilized Western aesthetics and opened the road to Modernism. New York Times, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of lineage

Noun (1)

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

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16 Jun 2021

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“Lineage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lineage. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for lineage

lineage

noun
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

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

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