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lin·e·age 1

a. Direct descent from a particular ancestor; ancestry.
b. Derivation.
2. The descendants of a common ancestor considered to be the founder of the line.

[Middle English linage, lineage, from Old French lignage, from ligne, line; see line1.]

line·age 2

Variant of linage.


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 līnea line1]


(ˈlɪn i ɪdʒ)

1. lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry.
2. the line of descendants of a particular ancestor; family; race.
[1275–1325; Middle English linage < Anglo-French; Old French lignage < Vulgar Latin *līneāticum; see line1, -age]


(ˈlɪ nɪdʒ)



line of descent from an ancestor or ancestors; family or ancestry.
See also: Relationship
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lineage - the descendants of one individuallineage - 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.lineage - the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors
family relationship, kinship, relationship - (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
bilateral descent - line of descent traced through both the maternal and paternal sides of the family
unilateral descent - line of descent traced through one side of the family
3.lineage - the number of lines in a piece of printed material
number - a concept of quantity involving zero and units; "every number has a unique position in the sequence"
4.lineage - a rate of payment for written material that is measured according to the number of lines submitted
charge per unit, rate - amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis; "a 10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5"
5.lineage - inherited properties shared with others of your bloodlinelineage - 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


noun descent, family, line, succession, house, stock, birth, breed, pedigree, extraction, ancestry, forebears, progeny, heredity, forefathers, genealogy They can trace their lineage back to the 18th century.


1. One's ancestors or their character or one's ancestral derivation:
2. A group of people sharing common ancestry:
نَسَب، سُلالَه
ætt, beinn ættleggur


[ˈlɪnɪɪdʒ] N
1. (= line of descent) → linaje m
2. (Press) = linage


n (= descent)Abstammung f; (= descendants)Geschlecht nt


[ˈlɪnɪɪdʒ] n (frm) → stirpe f, lignaggio, schiatta


(lain) noun
1. (a piece of) thread, cord, rope etc. She hung the washing on the line; a fishing-rod and line.
2. a long, narrow mark, streak or stripe. She drew straight lines across the page; a dotted/wavy line.
3. outline or shape especially relating to length or direction. The ship had very graceful lines; A dancer uses a mirror to improve his line.
4. a groove on the skin; a wrinkle.
5. a row or group of objects or persons arranged side by side or one behind the other. The children stood in a line; a line of trees.
6. a short letter. I'll drop him a line.
7. a series or group of persons which come one after the other especially in the same family. a line of kings.
8. a track or direction. He pointed out the line of the new road; a new line of research.
9. the railway or a single track of the railway. Passengers must cross the line by the bridge only.
10. a continuous system (especially of pipes, electrical or telephone cables etc) connecting one place with another. a pipeline; a line of communication; All (telephone) lines are engaged.
11. a row of written or printed words. The letter contained only three lines; a poem of sixteen lines.
12. a regular service of ships, aircraft etc. a shipping line.
13. a group or class (of goods for sale) or a field of activity, interest etc. This has been a very popular new line; Computers are not really my line.
14. an arrangement of troops, especially when ready to fight. fighting in the front line.
1. to form lines along. Crowds lined the pavement to see the Queen.
2. to mark with lines.
lineage (ˈliniidʒ) noun
linear (ˈliniə) adjective
of, consisting of or like a line or lines.
lined adjective
having lines. lined paper; a lined face.
ˈliner noun
a ship or aircraft of a regular line or company. They sailed to America in a large liner.
lines noun plural
the words an actor has to say. He had difficulty remembering his lines.
ˈlinesman (ˈlainz-) noun
in sport, a judge or umpire at a boundary line.
hard lines!
bad luck!.
in line for
likely to get or to be given something. He is in line for promotion.
in/out of line with
in or out of agreement with. His views are out of line with those of his colleagues.
line up
1. to form a line. The children lined up ready to leave the classroom; She lined up the chairs.
2. to collect and arrange in readiness. We've lined up several interesting guests to appear on the programme (noun ˈline-up).
read between the lines
to understand something (from a piece of writing etc) which is not actually stated.


n estirpe f; myeloid (lymphoid, B, T, etc.) — estirpe mieloide (linfoide, B, T, etc.)
References in classic literature ?
Ah, but these hens," answered the young man,--"these hens of aristocratic lineage would scorn to understand the vulgar language of a barn-yard fowl.
On the wall hung a row of portraits, representing the forefathers of the Bellingham lineage, some with armour on their breasts, and others with stately ruffs and robes of peace.
As she was also so white as not to be known as of colored lineage, without a critical survey, and her child was white also, it was much easier for her to pass on unsuspected.
Such a personage was fawned upon in Arthur's realm and reverently looked up to by everybody, even though his dispositions were as mean as his intelligence, and his morals as base as his lineage.
Nothing as to lineage - that is, nothing as to recent lineage - but plenty good enough when you go a good way back.
This that comes next," said the barber, "is 'Amadis of Greece,' and, indeed, I believe all those on this side are of the same Amadis lineage.
Menelaus then greeted them saying, "Fall to, and welcome; when you have done supper I shall ask who you are, for the lineage of such men as you cannot have been lost.
In truth, there were so many anomalies in his character, and though shrinking with diseased sensibility from public notice, it had been his fatality so often to become the topic of the day, by some wild eccentricity of conduct, that people searched his lineage for an hereditary taint of insanity.
The Hunsdens were of an old stem; and scornful as Yorke (such was my late interlocutor's name) professed to be of the advantages of birth, in his secret heart he well knew and fully appreciated the distinction his ancient, if not high lineage conferred on him in a mushroom-place like X , concerning whose inhabitants it was proverbially said, that not one in a thousand knew his own grandfather.
Do not mistake me, I beg, for it is not color nor lineage that constitutes merit; and I know not that he who claims affinity to the proper owners of this soil has not the best right to tread these hills with the lightest conscience.
To produce Tess, fresh from the dairy, as a d'Urberville and a lady, he had felt to be temerarious and risky; hence he had concealed her lineage till such time as, familiarized with worldly ways by a few months' travel and reading with him, he could take her on a visit to his parents, and impart the knowledge while triumphantly producing her as worthy of such an ancient line.
Though I never knew what they were (being in Welsh), further than that they were highly eulogistic of the lineage of Morgan ap-Kerrig.