progeny was our Word of the Day on 08/01/2008. Hear the podcast!
Examples of progeny in a Sentence
Many Americans are the progeny of immigrants.
The small plants are the progeny of an oak tree.
Their work is the progeny of many earlier studies.
Recent Examples of progeny from the Web
The teenagers here are Gwen, Julia’s lanky and still-girlish 16-year-old, and Nathan, James’s charismatic and cocky 17-year-old progeny, who are now thrust together under one roof.
The result of the 183 genetic analyses is a sprawling family tree of Zika viruses — all related, but each just a tiny bit different from its predecessors or its progeny.
One observation meriting citation is that the ranks of prodigies are increasingly dominated by progeny of immigrants.
Human beings imagine and encounter the future most intensely through our own progeny, our flesh and blood.
Naturally, local prosecutors and ambitious law 'n order politicians hate them to this day, and further despise one of Gideon's most conspicuous progeny, the office of the public defender.
The researchers found that no progeny inherited the virus from an infected mother.
For example, the progeny of Valentine Coleman and his Cherokee wife, Nancy Campbell, have held annual family reunions for several decades in Roswell, where the couple settled at least 180 years ago.
When the mosquitoes breed with ones that are susceptible to the disease, their progeny are shielded.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'progeny'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
Progeny is the progeny of the Latin verb progignere, meaning "to beget." That Latin word is itself an offspring of the prefix pro-, meaning "forth," and gignere, which can mean "to beget" or "to bring forth." Gignere has produced a large family of English descendants, including benign (meaning "mild" or "harmless"), congenital (meaning "inherent"), engine, genius, germ, indigenous, ingenuous, and malign. Gignere even paired up with pro- again to produce a close relative of progeny: the noun progenitor, which can mean "an ancestor in the direct line," "a biologically ancestral form," or "a precursor or originator."
Origin and Etymology of progeny
Middle English progenie, from Anglo-French, from Latin progenies, from progignere
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
PROGENY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of progeny for English Language Learners
: a person who comes from a particular parent or family : the child or descendant of someone
: the young of an animal or plant
: something that is the product of something else
PROGENY Defined for Kids
Definition of progeny for Students
: human descendants or animal offspring
Medical Definition of progeny
: offspring of animals or plants
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up progeny? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).