dynasty

[ dahy-nuh-stee; British also din-uh-stee ]
/ ˈdaɪ nə sti; British also ˈdɪn ə sti /

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.

Nearby words

  1. dynamometry,
  2. dynamotor,
  3. dynast,
  4. dynastic,
  5. dynastid,
  6. dynatron,
  7. dynatron oscillator,
  8. dyne,
  9. dynein,
  10. dynel

Origin of dynasty

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin dynastīa < Greek dynasteia. See dynast, -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for dynasty

dynasty

/ (ˈdɪnəstɪ) /

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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