- a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group: the Ming dynasty.
- the rule of such a sequence.
- a series of members of a family who are distinguished for their success, wealth, etc.
Origin of dynasty
Examples from the Web for dynasty
A problem far more pressing for the dynasty was the Taiping revolt, which ran from 1850 to 1864 and left tens of millions dead.We're Still Fighting the Opium Wars
August 28, 2014
The show seeks to suggest, as Dynasty and Dallas did, that rich people suffer too.‘Made in Chelsea’ Has a New York Moment
August 19, 2014
With each generation, the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty has grown less impressive, and more pedestrian.Modi Crushes Gandhi in India’s Election Landslide
May 16, 2014
With one Clinton presidency done and another one possibly starting, this could be the making of a dynasty.Hillary Clinton Achieves Her Other Dream: Grandma
April 17, 2014
Brussels and Washington may no longer be able to contain Lukashenko as he builds a Stalinist dynasty in the heart of Europe.Forget Kim Jong Un—China’s New Favorite Dictator Is Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.
January 28, 2014
The Tudor dynasty had ended before the Romanoff dynasty began.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
His real name was Li, and he belonged to the ruling Tang dynasty.The Chinese Fairy Book
The Republic could not suffer at their hands; the Republic and the dynasty were impregnable.The Adventurer
Cyril M. Kornbluth
Papa will only have to carry himself proudly, as befits the head of a dynasty.Fruitfulness
Was it not the bill-posters who caused the downfall of the French dynasty?The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- a sequence of hereditary rulersan Egyptian dynasty
- any sequence of powerful leaders of the same familythe Kennedy dynasty
Word Origin and History for dynasty
mid-15c. (earlier dynastia, late 14c.), from Middle French dynastie and directly from Late Latin dynastia, from Greek dynasteia "power, lordship, sovereignty," from dynastes "ruler, chief," from dynasthai "have power."