Definitions for pedigreeˈpɛd ɪˌgri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ped•i•gree*ˈpɛd ɪˌgri(n.)

  1. an ancestral line; lineage; ancestry.

  2. a genealogical record, esp. of a purebred animal.

  3. distinguished or pure ancestry.

  4. derivation; history.

  5. (adj.)having established purebred ancestry:

    a pedigree collie.

* Syn: pedigree , genealogy refer to an account of ancestry. A pedigree is a table or chart recording a line of ancestors, either of persons or (more commonly) of animals, as horses, cattle, and dogs; in the case of animals, such a table is used as proof of superior qualities: a detailed pedigree. A genealogy is an account of the descent of a person or family traced through a series of generations, usu. from the first known ancestor: a genealogy that includes a king.

Origin of pedigree:

1375–1425; late ME pedegru < AF; MF pie de grue lit., foot of (a) crane, a fanciful way of describing the appearance of the lines of a genealogical chart

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock(noun)

    the descendants of one individual

    "his entire lineage has been warriors"

  2. pedigree(noun)

    line of descent of a purebred animal

  3. pedigree, bloodline(adj)

    ancestry of a purebred animal

  4. pedigree(a), pedigreed, pureblood, pureblooded, thoroughbred(adj)

    having a list of ancestors as proof of being a purebred animal


  1. pedigree(Noun)

    A chart, list or record of ancestors, to show breeding, especially distinguished breeding.

  2. pedigree(Noun)

    Good breeding or ancestry.

  3. pedigree(Noun)

    A history or provenance.

  4. pedigree(Adjective)

    Having a pedigree.

  5. pedigree(Adjective)


  6. Origin: From pe de gru, a variant of Old French , from Latin pedem + gruem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pedigree(noun)

    a line of ancestors; descent; lineage; genealogy; a register or record of a line of ancestors

  2. Pedigree(noun)

    a record of the lineage or strain of an animal, as of a horse

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Pedigree

    The record of descent or ancestry, particularly of a particular condition or trait, indicating individual family members, their relationships, and their status with respect to the trait or condition.

Translations for pedigree

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a list of the ancestors from whom a person or animal is descended

a dog's pedigree.

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