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lineage1

[lin-ee-ij]
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noun
  1. lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or extraction: She could trace her lineage to the early Pilgrims.
  2. the line of descendants of a particular ancestor; family.
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Origin of lineage1

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

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lineage2

[lahy-nij]
noun
  1. linage.
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linage

or line·age

[lahy-nij]
noun
  1. the number of printed lines, especially agate lines covered by a magazine article, newspaper advertisement, etc.
  2. the amount charged, paid, or received per printed line, as of a magazine article or short story.
  3. Archaic. alignment.
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Origin of linage

First recorded in 1880–85; line1 + -age
Can be confusedlinage lineage
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Related Words

originclanpedigreegenealogydescenttribeprogenyfamilyhousekinbreedkindredextractionheredityracebloodbirthsuccessionlineoffspring

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British Dictionary definitions for lineage

lineage1

noun
  1. direct descent from an ancestor, esp a line of descendants from one ancestor
  2. a less common word for derivation
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Word Origin

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

lineage2

noun
  1. a variant spelling of linage
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linage

lineage

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