What does genealogy mean?

Definitions for genealogyˌdʒi niˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˈæl-, ˌdʒɛn i-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word genealogy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. genealogy, family tree(noun)

    successive generations of kin

  2. genealogy(noun)

    the study or investigation of ancestry and family history


  1. genealogy(Noun)

    The descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; lineage or pedigree.

  2. genealogy(Noun)

    A record or table of such descent; a family tree.

  3. genealogy(Noun)

    The study, and formal recording of such descents.

  4. Origin: From genealogie (Modern généalogie), from genealogia, from γενεαλογία, from γενεά and -λογία

Webster Dictionary

  1. Genealogy(noun)

    an account or history of the descent of a person or family from an ancestor; enumeration of ancestors and their children in the natural order of succession; a pedigree

  2. Genealogy(noun)

    regular descent of a person or family from a progenitor; pedigree; lineage

  3. Origin: [OE. genealogi, genelogie, OF. genelogie, F. gnalogie, L. genealogia, fr. Gr. ; birth, race, descent (akin to L. genus) + discourse.]


  1. Genealogy

    Genealogy is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral traditions, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives. The pursuit of family history tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Genealogy

    jen-e-al′o-ji, n. history of the descent of families: the pedigree of a particular person or family.—adj. Genealog′ical.—adv. Genealog′ically.—v.i. Geneal′ogise, to investigate or treat of genealogy.—n. Geneal′ogist, one who studies or traces genealogies or descents.—Genealogical tree, the lineage of a family or person under the form of a tree with roots, branches, &c. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. genealogiagenea, birth, legein, to speak of.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of genealogy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of genealogy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nicolas Martin, Article c. 1995:

    Genealogy is based on the obviously silly idea that there is no such thing as a bastard.

  2. L?Estrange:

    Some people, you would think, are made up of nothing but title and genealogy; the stamp of dignity defaces in them the very character of humanity, and transports them to such a degree of haughtiness that they reckon it below them to exercise good nature or good manners.

  3. Kari Stefansson:

    Human genetics is the study of human diversity, and what you are trying to do is to figure out how information lies in the genome that has an impact on human diversity. And having, for example, the genealogy gives you the avenue by which this information is passed from one generation to the next.

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