pedigree

[ ped-i-gree ]
/ ˈpɛd ɪˌgri /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. pediculosis,
  2. pediculous,
  3. pediculus,
  4. pedicure,
  5. pediform,
  6. pedigree analysis,
  7. pedigreed,
  8. pediment,
  9. pedimental,
  10. pedimented

Origin of pedigree

1375–1425; late Middle English pedegru < Anglo-French, equivalent to Middle French pie de grue literally, foot of crane, a fanciful way of describing the appearance of the lines of a genealogical chart

SYNONYMS FOR pedigree
2. Pedigree, genealogy refer to an account of ancestry. A pedigree is a table or chart recording a line of ancestors, either of persons or (more especially) of animals, as horses, cattle, and dogs; in the case of animals, such a table is used as proof of superior qualities: a detailed pedigree. A genealogy is an account of the descent of a person or family traced through a series of generations, usually from the first known ancestor: a genealogy that includes a king.

Related formsped·i·gree·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pedigree

pedigree

/ (ˈpɛdɪˌɡriː) /

noun

  1. the line of descent of a purebred animal
  2. (as modifier)a pedigree bull
a document recording this
a genealogical table, esp one indicating pure ancestry
derivation or backgroundthe pedigree of an idea
Derived Formspedigreed, adjective

Word Origin for pedigree

C15: from Old French pie de grue crane's foot, alluding to the spreading lines used in a genealogical chart

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Word Origin and History for pedigree

pedigree

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for pedigree

pedigree

[ pĕdĭ-grē′ ]

n.

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.

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