Definition of lineage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlinēij/


1Lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or pedigree.
Example sentences
  • He can also claim lineage to Thyagaraja's direct disciples through various ancestors.
  • there are too few of direct lineage to replace them.
  • Brian Feeney, a historian who has written the definitive book on Sinn Fein, believes Adams and his party has the best claim to direct lineage.
ancestry, family, parentage, birth, descent, line, extraction, derivation, genealogy, roots, origin, background, heritage, dual heritage;
stock, bloodline, breeding, pedigree
1.1 Anthropology A social group tracing its descent from a single ancestor.
Example sentences
  • Generally, land belongs jointly to the members of lineages or other kin groups.
  • The important kin groups are patrilineal and matrilineal lineages and clans, Clan members do not necessarily live on clan land.
  • A smaller unit is the lineage, a kin group of four or five generations descended from a male ancestor traced though the male line.
2 Biology A sequence of species each of which is considered to have evolved from its predecessor: the chimpanzee and gorilla lineages
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  • We also determined which phylogenetic lineages had evolved faster or slower.
  • Trends can be seen either as lineage trends in evolving lineages, or biosphere trends affecting the evolution of life as a whole.
  • Perhaps the lineage survived as refugium species and thus repopulated during the post-Cretaceous recovery.
2.1A sequence of cells in the body that developed from a common ancestral cell: the myeloid lineage
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  • Those experiments showed that the neural stem cells in the mutant mice developed into the normal lineages of cells in the embryonic brain.
  • These cells differentiate into two main cell lineages (ie, myeloid and lymphoid pathways) that lead to the production of blood cells.
  • The nia nucleotide sequences were compared among Fusarium species representative of different lineages.


Middle English: from Old French lignage, from Latin linea 'a line' (see line1).

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Syllabification: lin·e·age

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