ancestry

[an-ses-tree or, esp. British, -suh-stree]
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noun, plural an·ces·tries.
  1. family or ancestral descent; lineage.
  2. honorable or distinguished descent: famous by title and ancestry.
  3. a series of ancestors: His ancestry settled Utah.
  4. the inception or origin of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
  5. the history or developmental process of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.

Origin of ancestry

1300–50; Middle English, equivalent to ancestre ancestor + -y3; replacing Middle English aunce(s)trie < Anglo-French

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Historical Examples of ancestry

  • His ancestry is among the most honorable known in American society.

  • If you study your characteristics and talents 26 you find that they repeat those of your ancestry.

    Almost A Man

    Mary Wood-Allen

  • We were shunned everywhere by both races from which we trace our ancestry.

  • Think not I am going to say that you put to shame in any way your ancestry—far from it.

    Anabasis

    Xenophon

  • Still, for all this irritating abuse Vulp had only himself and his ancestry to blame.


British Dictionary definitions for ancestry

ancestry

noun plural -tries
  1. lineage or descent, esp when ancient, noble, or distinguished
  2. ancestors collectively
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Word Origin and History for ancestry
n.

early 14c., from Old French ancesserie "ancestry, ancestors, forefathers," from ancestre (see ancestor); spelling modified in English by influence of ancestor.

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