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.
- linage, lineage
Other definitions for lineage (2 of 2)
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How to use lineage in a sentence
This mouth of razors is unique among mosasaurs, and even within the entirety of the tetrapod lineage, mostly landlubbing vertebrates that include amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.This ancient sea reptile had a slicing bite like no other | Jake Buehler | February 2, 2021 | Science News
Mehta placed himself in the lineage of blind writers such as Homer and Milton, although some critics accused him of playing tricks on readers by failing to disclose his sightlessness.Ved Mehta, whose monumental autobiography explored life in India, dies at 86 | Harrison Smith | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Michelle Trostler, a San Diego-based genetic genealogist who reviewed Portugal’s test results and lineage at VOSD’s request, said there’s “very little doubt” that Vandenberg is her biological father.DNA Testing Is Unearthing Local Fertility Fraud Cases | Jared Whitlock | January 5, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Evolution is change—change in the make-up of a lineage over time.Over Time, Buddhism and Science Agree - Issue 94: Evolving | David P. Barash | December 23, 2020 | Nautilus
The figure of Frank “Boss” Hague situates DeGise within a political lineage of Democratic machine politics that have dominated New Jersey for over a century.New Jersey’s unique political contours make challenging immigrant detention hard | Mary Rizzo, Whitney Strub | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
In a remote corner of China, one village tells a strange lineage tale.
We salute a venerable lineage of strong women, big hair, and drama.
For me, in a weird way, I see a lineage between the first two records and this Voidz record.Julian Casablancas Enters the Void: On the Strokes’ Friction, Why He Left NYC, and Starting Over | Marlow Stern | October 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Heinz traces its lineage to 1869 and first started making ketchup in 1876.McDonald’s Ditches Heinz To Keep Burger King Out of Its Business | Daniel Gross | October 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He adds that he has "long been a fan of Hugo Boss's vast tradition and lineage in extraordinary tailoring."Jason Wu Hired at Boss Women; Man Allegedly Stabbed to Death With a Stiletto | The Fashion Beast Team | June 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But never a word did he relate of the lineage of Olaf, yet held he him in high favour.
Now the name of a certain man from Vik was Lodin, and he possessed much wealth and was come of a goodly lineage.
Maybe thou art of higher lineage than she, yet nevertheless it beseemeth to me that with her is the happiness of ye both.
He took no pains to conceal his birth and lineage in the most aristocratic country of the world.Beacon Lights of History, Volume II | John Lord
Perhaps Tess's lineage had more value for himself than for anybody in the world beside.Tess of the d'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for lineage (1 of 2)
direct descent from an ancestor, esp a line of descendants from one ancestor
a less common word for derivation
British Dictionary definitions for lineage (2 of 2)
a variant spelling of linage
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