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family tree

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noun
  1. a genealogical chart showing the ancestry, descent, and relationship of all members of a family or other genealogical group.
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Origin of family tree

First recorded in 1800–10
Also called genealogical tree.
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Examples from the Web for family tree

Historical Examples

  • I must say you appear to have studied his family-tree pretty closely.

    Gordon Keith

    Thomas Nelson Page

  • Such names as Sibilla and Emmota occur very early in the family-tree.

  • Socrates once said to Plato, "Anybody can trace to Codrus—by paying enough to the man who makes the family-tree."

  • What became of the junior scions of the family-tree was to him a matter of secondary consideration.

  • Van traced a family-tree on the tablecloth with a salt-spoon, for his guest's better information.

    The Lighted Match

    Charles Neville Buck


British Dictionary definitions for family tree

family tree

noun
  1. a chart showing the genealogical relationships and lines of descent of a familyAlso called: genealogical tree
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