(usually of animals) the line of descent; pedigree; strain.

Origin of bloodline

First recorded in 1905–10; blood + line1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of bloodline

  • Macedonia was a vital (also corrupt and lucrative) bloodline, connecting Greece to Serbia (through the Vardar river).

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

British Dictionary definitions for bloodline



all the members of a family group over generations, esp regarding characteristics common to that group; pedigree
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bloodline in Medicine




The direct line of descent; a pedigree.
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