ancestry

[ an-ses-tree or, esp. British, -suh-stree ]
/ ˈæn sɛs tri or, esp. British, -sə stri /

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.

Origin of ancestry

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

/ (ˈænsɛstrɪ) /

noun plural -tries

lineage or descent, esp when ancient, noble, or distinguished
ancestors collectively

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