Definition of ancestry in English:


Syllabification: an·ces·try
Pronunciation: /ˈanˌsestrē

noun (plural ancestries)

[usually in singular]
  • 2The origin or background of something: the book traces the ancestry of women’s poetry
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    • I believe that reading children's pictorial books that depict the ancestry of different continents with children can make global education meaningful.
    • This class is also called ‘tinkers’: whether this name has a common ancestry for both books or this is just a coincidence, I'm not sure.
    • This is because the African Republic and the Islamic Union have a common ancestry that originated in Northern Africa several thousand years ago.


Middle English: alteration of Old French ancesserie, from ancestre (see ancestor).

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