[ dahy-nuh-stee; British also din-uh-stee ]
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noun,plural dy·nas·ties.
  1. a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group: the Ming dynasty.

  2. the rule of such a sequence.

  1. a series of members of a family who are distinguished for their success, wealth, etc.

Origin of dynasty

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Late Latin dynastīa, from Greek dynasteia; see dynast, -y3

Other words from dynasty

  • dy·nas·tic [dahy-nas-tik; British also dih-nas-tik], /daɪˈnæs tɪk; British also dɪˈnæs tɪk/, dy·nas·ti·cal, adjective
  • an·ti·dy·nas·ty, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dynasty


/ (ˈdɪnəstɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a sequence of hereditary rulers: an Egyptian dynasty

  2. any sequence of powerful leaders of the same family: the Kennedy dynasty

Origin of dynasty

C15: via Late Latin from Greek dunasteia, from dunastēs dynast

Derived forms of dynasty

  • dynastic (dɪˈnæstɪk) or dynastical, adjective
  • dynastically, adverb

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