[dahy-nuh-stee; British also din-uh-stee]

noun, plural dy·nas·ties.

a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group: the Ming dynasty.
the rule of such a sequence.
a series of members of a family who are distinguished for their success, wealth, etc.

Origin of dynasty

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin dynastīa < Greek dynasteia. See dynast, -y3
Related formsdy·nas·tic [dahy-nas-tik; British also dih-nas-tik] /daɪˈnæs tɪk; British also dɪˈnæs tɪk/, dy·nas·ti·cal, adjectivedy·nas·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·dy·nas·tic, adjectivean·ti·dy·nas·ti·cal, adjectivean·ti·dy·nas·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·dy·nas·ty, adjectivenon·dy·nas·tic, adjectivenon·dy·nas·ti·cal, adjectivenon·dy·nas·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of dynasty

Historical Examples of dynasty

  • The Tudor dynasty had ended before the Romanoff dynasty began.

  • His real name was Li, and he belonged to the ruling Tang dynasty.

  • The Republic could not suffer at their hands; the Republic and the dynasty were impregnable.

    The Adventurer

    Cyril M. Kornbluth

  • Papa will only have to carry himself proudly, as befits the head of a dynasty.


    Emile Zola

  • Was it not the bill-posters who caused the downfall of the French dynasty?

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

British Dictionary definitions for dynasty


noun plural -ties

a sequence of hereditary rulersan Egyptian dynasty
any sequence of powerful leaders of the same familythe Kennedy dynasty
Derived Formsdynastic (dɪˈnæstɪk) or dynastical, adjectivedynastically, adverb

Word Origin for dynasty

C15: via Late Latin from Greek dunasteia, from dunastēs dynast
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Word Origin and History for dynasty

mid-15c. (earlier dynastia, late 14c.), from Middle French dynastie and directly from Late Latin dynastia, from Greek dynasteia "power, lordship, sovereignty," from dynastes "ruler, chief," from dynasthai "have power."

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