[ lin-ee-uh l ]
/ ˈlɪn i əl /


being in the direct line, as a descendant or ancestor, or in a direct line, as descent or succession.
of or transmitted by lineal descent.


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Origin of lineal

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word līneālis. See line1, -al1


lin·e·al·ly, adverbmul·ti·lin·e·al, adjectivenon·lin·e·al, adjectiveun·lin·e·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for multilineal

/ (ˈlɪnɪəl) /


being in a direct line of descent from an ancestor
of, involving, or derived from direct descent
a less common word for linear

Derived forms of lineal

lineally, adverb

Word Origin for lineal

C14: via Old French from Late Latin līneālis, from Latin līnea line 1
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