ancestry

[an-ses-tree or, esp. British, -suh-stree]

noun, plural an·ces·tries.

family or ancestral descent; lineage.
honorable or distinguished descent: famous by title and ancestry.
a series of ancestors: His ancestry settled Utah.
the inception or origin of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
the history or developmental process of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.

Nearby words

  1. ancaster,
  2. ancestor,
  3. ancestor worship,
  4. ancestral,
  5. ancestress,
  6. anch'ing,
  7. anchises,
  8. ancho,
  9. anchor,
  10. anchor baby

Origin of ancestry

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ancestry

ancestry

noun plural -tries

lineage or descent, esp when ancient, noble, or distinguished
ancestors collectively
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Word Origin and History for ancestry

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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