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noun (1)

lin·​e·​age ˈli-nē-ij How to pronounce lineage (audio)
 also  ˈli-nij
: descent in a line from a common progenitor
: derivation
the gun's direct lineage is in the 1960sErik Larson
: a group of individuals tracing descent from a common ancestor
especially : such a group of persons whose common ancestor is regarded as its founder


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noun (2)


less common spelling of linage

: the number of lines of printed or written matter

Examples of lineage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
In the case of herbivorous beetles, their most species-rich lineages carry a fascinating assortment of genes that permit the digestion of plants, McKenna has found. Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Apr. 2024 Page and Golding seem more in the Pierce Brosnan Bond lineage than the Connery/Craig one. Guy Trebay, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 The album briefly—perhaps too briefly—highlights a rural Black creative lineage by featuring snippets of pioneers such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and vocal contributions from up-and-comers such as Tanner Adell. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 2 Apr. 2024 Their wit, irony, heart and humor — and the lineage of their music — feels very natural to me. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 21 Mar. 2024 That was the beginning of a lineage of Japanese major league stars: Hideo Nomo, a pitcher for the Dodgers in the 1990s, and then Ichiro Suzuki, a beloved Seattle Mariner. Jill Cowan, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2024 Kelly was born and raised in Norwood, Ohio and came from a lineage of public officials. Sharon Coolidge, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2024 The couple will publish the title in print and online via Bedford Media, according to Variety, which detailed a long lineage of Biblical begetting to explain all of Life’s publishers since 1883 leading up to this point. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 28 Mar. 2024 My mother never let my sister live down her grade school class heritage project, where she was assigned to bring in food that represents a country in her lineage. Kristina Behr, Parents, 11 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Lineage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

Medical Definition


ˈlin-ē-ij also ˈlin-ij
: descent in a line from a common progenitor
: a group of individuals descended from a common ancestor
replication in T cell lineages

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