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ancestry

[an-ses-tree or, esp. British, -suh-stree] /ˈæn sɛs tri or, esp. British, -sə stri/
noun, plural ancestries.
1.
family or ancestral descent; lineage.
2.
honorable or distinguished descent:
famous by title and ancestry.
3.
a series of ancestors:
His ancestry settled Utah.
4.
the inception or origin of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
5.
the history or developmental process of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
Origin of ancestry
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English, equivalent to ancestre ancestor + -y3; replacing Middle English aunce(s)trie < Anglo-French
Synonyms
1. pedigree, genealogy, stock. 3. family, line.
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ancestry

/ˈænsɛstrɪ/
noun (pl) -tries
1.
lineage or descent, esp when ancient, noble, or distinguished
2.
ancestors collectively
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Word Origin and History for ancestry
n.

early 14c., from Old French ancesserie "ancestry, ancestors, forefathers," from ancestre (see ancestor); spelling modified in English by influence of ancestor.

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