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lineage1

[lin-ee-ij] /ˈlɪn i ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or extraction:
She could trace her lineage to the early Pilgrims.
2.
the line of descendants of a particular ancestor; family.
Origin of lineage1
1275-1325
1275-1325; line(al) + -age; replacing Middle English linage < Anglo-French; Old French lignage < Vulgar Latin *līneāticum. See line1, -age
Can be confused
linage, lineage.
Synonyms
1. pedigree, parentage, derivation, genealogy. 2. tribe, clan.

lineage2

[lahy-nij] /ˈlaɪ nɪdʒ/
noun
1.

linage

or lineage

[lahy-nij] /ˈlaɪ nɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the number of printed lines, especially agate lines covered by a magazine article, newspaper advertisement, etc.
2.
the amount charged, paid, or received per printed line, as of a magazine article or short story.
3.
Archaic. alignment.
Origin
1880-85; line1 + -age
Can be confused
linage, lineage.
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  • There is but one serious flaw in my title to Heroine—the mediocrity of my lineage.

    The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett
  • Nothing that we know of in the circumstances of their birth or lineage will explain their appearance.

    The Republic Plato
  • But the good man did not rest even here; the lineage extended even to Csaba, youngest son of Attila.

  • I envy you what smacks of a race, a name, an ancestry, a lineage.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Such a man ought to be cautious how he tarnishes his lineage with unjust or ungenerous sentiments.

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for lineage

lineage1

/ˈlɪnɪɪdʒ/
noun
1.
direct descent from an ancestor, esp a line of descendants from one ancestor
2.
a less common word for derivation
Word Origin
C14: from Old French lignage, from Latin līnealine1

lineage2

/ˈlaɪnɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of linage

linage

/ˈlaɪnɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the number of lines in a piece of written or printed matter
2.
payment for written material calculated according to the number of lines
3.
a less common word for alignment
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Word Origin and History for lineage
n.

late 17c. alteration (by influence of line (n.)) of Middle English linage (c.1300), from Old French lignage "descent, extraction, race," from ligne "line," from Latin linea (see line (n.)).

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