lin·​e·​al | \ ˈli-nē-əl How to pronounce lineal (audio) \

Definition of lineal

1 : linear
2 : composed of or arranged in lines
3a : consisting of or being in a direct male or female line of ancestry — compare collateral sense 2
b : relating to or derived from ancestors : hereditary
c : descended in a direct line
4a : belonging to one lineage lineal relatives
b : of, relating to, or dealing with a lineage

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Other Words from lineal

lineality \ ˌli-​nē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce lineality (audio) \ noun
lineally \ ˈli-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce lineally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of lineal in a Sentence

He claims that he is a lineal descendent of a famous military hero.
Recent Examples on the Web But in the second fight, Fury, the lineal champion, won Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title. Branson Wright, cleveland, "Mike Tyson returns for “Undisputed Truth 2” at MGM Northfield Park," 4 Mar. 2020 But the lineal heavyweight champion didn’t stop there. cleveland, "Tyson Fury’s next move: Anthony Joshua, Stipe Miocic or WrestleMania?," 23 Feb. 2020 The 6-foot-9 Fury, the lineal champion, weighed in at 273 Friday. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch: Time, pay-per-view info for heavyweight title fight," 22 Feb. 2020 Fury, from the United Kingdom and considered the lineal champion, is a traditional boxer with 20 knockouts and a 29-0 record. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "The Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch can give boxing something the sport hasn’t seen in years," 20 Feb. 2020 Wilder will fight a Feb. 22 rematch against lineal champion Tyson Fury at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Here are Alabama’s Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2019 The restaurant's signature burgers were supposedly lineal descendants of the ones at the now-defunct Band Box (since revived as The Box). Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock's year in food," 31 Dec. 2019 Fury claims to be the lineal heavyweight champion and can make his case to be even more than that if his scheduled February rematch with Wilder goes off as planned. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz fight (11/23/19) time, channel, live stream; how to watch online," 23 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, Fury calls himself the lineal heavyweight champion, a claim based on his victory over Klitschko, whose career would end a couple of years later in a 2017 TKO loss to Joshua. Los Angeles Times, "Boxing’s heavyweight division is brimming with chaos and unpredictability," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of lineal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lineal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lineal

: having a direct family relationship : related by a direct series of parents and children


lin·​e·​al | \ ˈli-nē-əl How to pronounce lineal (audio) \

Legal Definition of lineal

: consisting of or being in a direct male or female line of ancestry a lineal descendant — compare collateral sense 2

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