lineage

1 [lin-ee-ij]
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; race.

Origin:
1275–1325; line(al) + -age; replacing Middle English linage < Anglo-French; Old French lignage < Vulgar Latin *līneāticum. See line1, -age


1. pedigree, parentage, derivation, genealogy. 2. tribe, clan.
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lineage

2 [lahy-nij]
noun
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linage or lineage (ˈlaɪnɪdʒ)
 
n
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
 
lineage or lineage
 
n

lineage1 (ˈlɪnɪɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  direct descent from an ancestor, esp a line of descendants from one ancestor
2.  a less common word for derivation
 
[C14: from Old French lignage, from Latin līnealine1]

lineage2 (ˈlaɪnɪdʒ)
 
n
a variant spelling of linage

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lineage
c.1300, from O.Fr. lignage, from ligne "line," from L. linea (see line (n.)).
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lineage

descent group reckoned through only one parent, either the father (patrilineage) or the mother (matrilineage). All members of a lineage trace their common ancestry to a single person. A lineage may comprise any number of generations but commonly is traced through some 5 or 10

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Example sentences
She's plagued by events from her past and has traces of insanity in her
  antebellum lineage.
The blasted thing seemed to have recognized lineage.
Ironically, his own lineage and marriage could have been experiments as well.
Likely the same conditions that selected for intelligence in nonhuman primates
  were at work in the parrot lineage.
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