noun, plural prog·e·ny or, for plants or animals, prog·e·nies.

a descendant or offspring, as a child, plant, or animal.
such descendants or offspring collectively.
something that originates or results from something else; outcome; issue.

Origin of progeny

1250–1300; Middle English progenie < Middle French < Latin prōgeniēs offspring, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + gen-, base of gignere to beget (akin to kin) + -iēs feminine noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of progeny

Historical Examples of progeny

  • Her instinctive fear of the father of her progeny was toning down.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Progeny of good quality grow up, so to speak, by themselves.

  • These he mates, and from their progeny he selects the ones that suit him best.

    The Meaning of Evolution

    Samuel Christian Schmucker

  • It would be out of fashion—Danny's progeny have taken care of that.

  • In motive and method it is not business, it is different from trade; for it is a progeny of pity.

British Dictionary definitions for progeny


noun plural -nies

the immediate descendant or descendants of a person, animal, etc
a result or outcome

Word Origin for progeny

C13: from Latin prōgeniēs lineage; see progenitor
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Word Origin and History for progeny

early 14c., from Old French progenie (13c.) and directly from Latin progenies "descendants, offspring, lineage, race, family," from stem of progignere "beget," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + gignere "to produce, beget" (see genus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

progeny in Medicine



n. pl. progeny

One born of, begotten by, or derived from another; an offspring or descendant.
Offspring or descendants considered as a group.
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