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dynasty

Line breaks: dyn|asty
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪnəsti
 
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Definition of dynasty in English:

noun (plural dynasties)

1A line of hereditary rulers of a country: the Tang dynasty
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  • The Habsburg and Hohenzollern dynasties abdicated, following the Romanovs.
  • Sharif Ali bin al-Hussein is reportedly the current heir to the Iraqi line of the Hashemite dynasty.
  • In 1740 war came again as the result of another succession crisis when the male line of the Habsburg dynasty came to an end.
1.1A succession of people from the same family who play a prominent role in business, politics, or another field: the Guinness dynasty
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  • Mark Stafford, a fourth-generation scion of one of Leinster's most prominent business dynasties, has decided to end his family's informal media omerta.
  • Looking outside politics, we see similar dynasties in business, for example the Rockefellers, Mellons and du Ponts.
  • For the Post, the International Herald Tribune partnership was as much a personal bond between the two newspapers and the two family dynasties as it was a business deal.

Origin

late Middle English: from French dynastie, or via late Latin from Greek dunasteia 'lordship, power', from dunastēs (see dynast).

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  • Dynasty comes via late Latin from Greek dunasteia ‘lordship, power’.

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