Definition of lineage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɪnɪɪdʒ/


1 [mass noun] Direct descent from an ancestor; ancestry or pedigree: a Dutch nobleman of ancient lineage [count noun]: great families and their lineages
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  • 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, heritage, genealogy, roots, house, dynasty, origin, background;
stock, strain, race, bloodline, blood, breeding, pedigree, succession
1.1 [count noun] Anthropology A social group tracing its descent from a single ancestor.
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  • 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 which 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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