Definition of dynasty in English:


Line breaks: dyn|asty
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪnəsti

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.



Pronunciation: /dɪˈnastɪk, dʌɪˈnastɪk/
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  • He even went on to say that disciplinary personnel actions derive from a dynastic way of thinking that ignores scientific causal relations.
  • The king contrived to give his country an international profile above its size, by negotiating dynastic marriages, in the style of Queen Victoria.
  • The Stuarts were the dynastic political inheritors of this process, but it could be argued that their later religious policy set it back by several decades.


Pronunciation: /-ˈnastɪk(ə)li/
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  • Well, they are dynastically linked to this book, if not actual prequels.
  • By competing dynastically and territorially with his European counterparts, Henry VIII acknowledged convention and popular demand.
  • The dynastically related western principality of Halych and Volyn resisted the Mongols and Tatars and became a Rus bastion through the fourteenth century.


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

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