lineage

1
[ lin-ee-ij ]
/ ˈlɪn i ɪdʒ /

noun

lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or extraction: She could trace her lineage to the early Pilgrims.
the line of descendants of a particular ancestor; family.

Nearby words

  1. line-out,
  2. line-up,
  3. linea,
  4. linea alba,
  5. linea nigra,
  6. lineal,
  7. lineally,
  8. lineament,
  9. linear,
  10. linear a

Origin of lineage

1
1275–1325; line(al) + -age; replacing Middle English linage < Anglo-French; Old French lignage < Vulgar Latin *līneāticum. See line1, -age

Can be confusedlinage lineage

lineage

2
[ lahy-nij ]
/ ˈlaɪ nɪdʒ /

noun

linage

or line·age

[ lahy-nij ]
/ ˈlaɪ nɪdʒ /

noun

the number of printed lines, especially agate lines covered by a magazine article, newspaper advertisement, etc.
the amount charged, paid, or received per printed line, as of a magazine article or short story.
Archaic. alignment.

Origin of linage

First recorded in 1880–85; line1 + -age

Can be confusedlinage lineage

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British Dictionary definitions for lineage

lineage

1
/ (ˈlɪnɪɪdʒ) /

noun

direct descent from an ancestor, esp a line of descendants from one ancestor
a less common word for derivation

Word Origin for lineage

C14: from Old French lignage, from Latin līnea line 1

noun

a variant spelling of linage

linage

lineage

/ (ˈlaɪnɪdʒ) /

noun

the number of lines in a piece of written or printed matter
payment for written material calculated according to the number of lines
a less common word for alignment
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Word Origin and History for lineage

lineage

n.

late 17c. alteration (by influence of line (n.)) of Middle English linage (c.1300), from Old French lignage "descent, extraction, race," from ligne "line," from Latin linea (see line (n.)).

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