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an·ces·try

 (ăn′sĕs′trē)
n. pl. an·ces·tries
1. Ancestral descent or lineage.
2. Ancestors considered as a group.

[Middle English auncestrie, alteration (influenced by auncestre, ancestor) of Old French ancesserie, from ancessour, ancestor, from Latin antecessor; see ancestor.]

ancestry

(ˈænsɛstrɪ)
n, pl -tries
1. lineage or descent, esp when ancient, noble, or distinguished
2. ancestors collectively

an•ces•try

(ˈæn sɛs tri; esp. Brit. -sə stri)

n., pl. -tries.
1. ancestral descent; lineage.
2. honorable or distinguished descent: famous by title and ancestry.
3. a series of ancestors.
4. the origin of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
5. the history or developmental process of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ancestry - the descendants of one individualancestry - the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors"
kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, family line, sept, folk, family - people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
side - a family line of descent; "he gets his brains from his father's side"
family tree, genealogy - successive generations of kin
2.ancestry - inherited properties shared with others of your bloodlineancestry - inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
hereditary pattern, inheritance - (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents
descent, extraction, origin - properties attributable to your ancestry; "he comes from good origins"
bloodline, pedigree - ancestry of a purebred animal

ancestry

noun origin, house, family, line, race, stock, blood, ancestors, descent, pedigree, extraction, lineage, forebears, antecedents, parentage, forefathers, genealogy, derivation, progenitors They can trace their ancestry back to the seventeenth century.

ancestry

noun
One's ancestors or their character or one's ancestral derivation:
Translations
سِلْسِلَة السَّلَف وَالأجْداد
původrod
slægt
forfeîur, ætterni
predniki
atalarecdat

ancestry

[ˈænsɪstrɪ] N (= lineage) → ascendencia f, linaje m; (= noble birth) → abolengo m

ancestry

[ˈænsɛstri] n
(= ancestors) → ancêtres mpl, aïeux mpl
(= lineage) → ascendance f
of Japanese ancestry → d'ascendance japonaise
to trace one's ancestry → constituer son arbre généalogique

ancestry

n (= descent)Abstammung f, → Herkunft f; (= ancestors)Ahnenreihe f, → Familie f; to trace one’s ancestryseine Abstammung zurückverfolgen; of royal ancestryköniglicher Abstammung or Herkunft

ancestry

[ˈænsɪstrɪ] n (origin) → lignaggio, ascendenza, stirpe f; (forebears) → antenati mpl

ancestor

(ˈӕnsistə) , ((American) -ses-) feminine ˈancestress noun
a person who was a member of one's family a long time ago and from whom one is descended.
anˈcestral (-ˈses-) adjective
ˈancestryplural ˈancestries noun
a line of ancestors coming down to one's parents. He is of noble ancestry.

ancestry

n. ascendencia; extracción étnica, raza; alcurnia.
References in classic literature ?
Yea, more than equally, thought Ahab; since both the ancestry and posterity of Grief go further than the ancestry and posterity of Joy.
More than once I have tried to picture myself in the position of a boy or man with an honoured and distinguished ancestry which I could trace back through a period of hundreds of years, and who had not only inherited a name, but fortune and a proud family homestead; and yet I have sometimes had the feeling that if I had inherited these, and had been a member of a more popular race, I should have been inclined to yield to the temptation of depending upon my ancestry and my colour to do that for me which I should do for myself.
As it is of the utmost importance for Society that Irregular births should be discouraged, it follows that no Woman who has any Irregularities in her ancestry is a fit partner for one who desires that his posterity should rise by regular degrees in the social scale.
He is fitter to do the juggling tricks of the Norman chivalry than to maintain the fame and honour of his English ancestry with the glaive and brown-bill, the good old weapons of his country.
He was very proud of his old Virginian ancestry, and in his hospitalities and his rather formal and stately manners, he kept up its traditions.
Many moons ago, when he had been much smaller, he had desired the skin of Sabor, the lioness, or Numa, the lion, or Sheeta, the leopard to cover his hairless body that he might no longer resemble hideous Histah, the snake; but now he was proud of his sleek skin for it betokened his descent from a mighty race, and the conflicting desires to go naked in prideful proof of his ancestry, or to conform to the customs of his own kind and wear hideous and uncomfortable apparel found first one and then the other in the ascendency.
If ancestry is worth anything it should at least teach us to go about without pinning our hearts upon our sleeves.
Then, examining the mesh of events in her own life, she seemed to see the vanity of her father's pride; the gentlemanly suitor awaiting herself in her mother's fancy; to see him as a grimacing personage, laughing at her poverty, and her shrouded knightly ancestry.
They know that I am the daughter of ten thousand jeddaks, that I trace my ancestry straight back without a break to the builder of the first great waterway, and they, who do not even know their own mothers, are jealous of me.
Instead were these frail creatures who had forgotten their high ancestry, and the white Things of which I went in terror.
But should domestic tyranny oppress us, or the invader's step pollute our soil, still may the Gray Champion come, for he is the type of New England's hereditary spirit; and his shadowy march, on the eve of danger, must ever be the pledge, that New England's sons will vindicate their ancestry.
And the mare, her own ancient instincts aroused and quivering, circled ever between the foal and this menace of the wild young days when all her ancestry had known fear of him and his hunting brethren.