- an ancestral line; line of descent; lineage; ancestry.
- a genealogical table, chart, list, or record, especially of a purebred animal.
- distinguished, excellent, or pure ancestry.
- derivation, origin, or history: the pedigree of a word.
Origin of pedigree
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Examples from the Web for pedigree
The last play with this pedigree was Matilda, still going strong a year and a half later.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More
September 11, 2014
His pedigree is top-notch, but his political experience still green.Figure Skater Michelle Kwan Chases Gold in Rhode Island’s Gubernatorial Race
April 17, 2014
Unlike hoity-toity displays of pedigree fluff, the Average Joe Cat Show is a celebration of middling felines.The Cat's Meow: Top 10 Destinations for Feline Fanatics
December 20, 2013
In his early career, Xi also had worked for a former defense minister, and his pedigree gives him close ties to the brass.Xi Jinping and the Princelings Take Power in China
November 15, 2012
Name: David Siegel Age: 78 Pedigree: Founder of Westgate, a large time-share business.Jack Welch, Rupert Murdoch & More Angry Old Rich Guys Who Hate Obama
October 11, 2012
I remember such a one in Picardy, with a name as long as a Gascon's pedigree.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Otherwise why the pedigree, why the rigid castes, the isolation of women?City of Endless Night
They boast of their master's pedigree and descent, as if they were related to him.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
On his father's side a pedigree of three generations can be traced.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
He had too profound a respect for his own pedigree to lay his sins at his great-grandfather's door.Audrey Craven
- the line of descent of a purebred animal
- (as modifier)a pedigree bull
- a document recording this
- a genealogical table, esp one indicating pure ancestry
- derivation or backgroundthe pedigree of an idea
Word Origin and History for pedigree
early 15c., "genealogical table or chart," from Anglo-French pe de gru, a variant of Old French pied de gru "foot of a crane," from Latin pedem accusative of pes "foot" (see foot (n.)) + gruem (nominative grus) "crane," cognate with Greek geranos, Old English cran; see crane (n.)).
On old manuscripts, "descent" was indicated by a forked sign resembling the branching lines of a genealogical chart; the sign also happened to look like a bird's footprint. Form influenced in Middle English by association with degree. Meaning "ancestral line" is mid-15c.; of animals, c.1600. Related: Pedigreed.
- An ancestral line of descent, especially as diagrammed on a chart, to show ancestral history and to analyze Mendelian inheritance of certain traits including familial diseases.