Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Word of the Year is...

posterity

[po-ster-i-tee] /pɒˈstɛr ɪ ti/
noun
1.
succeeding or future generations collectively:
Judgment of this age must be left to posterity.
2.
all descendants of one person:
His fortune was gradually dissipated by his posterity.
Origin of posterity
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English posterite < Latin posteritās, noun derivative of posterus coming after. See posterior, -ity
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for posterities
Historical Examples
  • Shakespeare's ghost has seen two or three posterities, beautifully at odds.

    A Book of Prefaces H. L. Mencken
  • The answer to this question is, that these different expressions of Moses were so ordered on account of the posterities.

  • Ricardo of the Coxcombe would have some woman 'grave in paper' their 'matchless virtues to posterities.'

    Francis Beaumont: Dramatist Charles Mills Gayley
British Dictionary definitions for posterities

posterity

/pɒˈstɛrɪtɪ/
noun
1.
future or succeeding generations
2.
all of one's descendants
Word Origin
C14: from French postérité, from Latin posteritās future generations, from posterus coming after, from post after
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for posterities

posterity

n.

late 14c., from Old French posterité (14c.), from Latin posteritatem (nominative posteritas) "future, future time; after-generation, offspring;" literally "the condition of coming after," from posterus "coming after, subsequent," from post "after" (see post-). Old English words for this included æftercneoreso, framcynn.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for posterity

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for posterities

13
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for posterities