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[dahy-nuh-stee; British also din-uh-stee] /ˈdaɪ nə sti; British also ˈdɪn ə sti/
noun, plural dynasties.
a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group:
the Ming dynasty.
the rule of such a sequence.
a series of members of a family who are distinguished for their success, wealth, etc.
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin dynastīa < Greek dynasteia. See dynast, -y3
Related forms
[dahy-nas-tik; British also dih-nas-tik] /daɪˈnæs tɪk; British also dɪˈnæs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
dynastical, adjective
dynastically, adverb
antidynastic, adjective
antidynastical, adjective
antidynastically, adverb
antidynasty, adjective
nondynastic, adjective
nondynastical, adjective
nondynastically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples for dynasty
  • The child narrator comes from a long dynasty of train engineers.
  • No dynasty has lasted forever through out history.
  • The late Ming dynasty economy was in a state of collapse.
  • It was the dawn of a powerful Syrian dynasty that lasted some 200 years.
  • Beginning in the 4th dynasty, the kings of Egypt commemorated their wives and mother with regal monuments.
  • All the makings of a journalism dynasty.
  • Say goodbye to the dynasty once and for all and perhaps say hello to rebuilding.
  • One of the tombs belonged to a king's official and the other to a 5th dynasty singer who lived and performed over 4000 years ago.
  • For one thing, he has been "blessed" with no sons to carry on the dynasty.
  • Flyers condemning the dynasty's unbelievable ostentation were even posted .
British Dictionary definitions for dynasty


noun (pl) -ties
a sequence of hereditary rulers an Egyptian dynasty
any sequence of powerful leaders of the same family the Kennedy dynasty
Derived Forms
dynastic (dɪˈnæstɪk), dynastical, adjective
dynastically, adverb
Word Origin
C15: via Late Latin from Greek dunasteia, from dunastēsdynast
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Word Origin and History for dynasty
mid-15c., from L.L. dynastia, from Gk. dynasteia "power, lordship," from dynastes "ruler, chief," from dynasthai "have power." Related: Dynastic.
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