What does lineage mean?

Definitions for lineage
ˈlɪn i ɪdʒlin·eage

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word lineage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stocknoun

    the descendants of one individual

    "his entire lineage has been warriors"

  2. descent, line of descent, lineage, filiationnoun

    the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors

  3. linage, lineagenoun

    the number of lines in a piece of printed material

  4. linage, lineagenoun

    a rate of payment for written material that is measured according to the number of lines submitted

  5. ancestry, lineage, derivation, filiationnoun

    inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline


  1. lineagenoun

    Descent in a line from a common progenitor; progeny; race; descending line of offspring or ascending line of parentage.

  2. lineagenoun

    A number of lines of text in a column.

  3. Etymology: From linage, from linage, from ligne, from linea; see line.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lineagenoun

    Race; progeny; family, ascending or descending.

    Etymology: linage, French.

    Both the lineage and the certain sire
    From which I sprung, from me are hidden yet. Fa. Qu.

    Joseph was of the house and lineage of David. Luke ii. 4.

    The Tirsan cometh forth with all his generation or lineage, the males before him, and the females following him; and if there be a mother from whose body the whole lineage is descended, there is a traverse where she sitteth. Francis Bacon.

    Men of mighty fame,
    And from th’ immortal gods their lineage came. Dryden.

    No longer shall the widow’d land bemoan
    A broken lineage, and a doubtful throne,
    But boast her royal progeny’s increase,
    And count the pledges of her future peace. Addison.

    This care was infused into them by God himself, in order to ascertain the descent of the Messiah, and to prove that he was, as the prophets had foretold, of the tribe of Judah, and of the lineage of David. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.


  1. lineage

    Lineage refers to direct descent from an ancestor or progenitor, or the sequence of generations that traces back to a particular individual or group. It typically implies a succession of family or blood relations, and can also indicate a specific line of hereditary characteristics, professions, or social status. In certain contexts, such as anthropology, biology or genealogy, lineage may also denote a line of descent from a common ancestor traced through DNA.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lineagenoun

    descent in a line from a common progenitor; progeny; race; descending line of offspring or ascending line of parentage

  2. Etymology: [OE. linage, F. lignage, fr. L. linea line. See 3d Line.]


  1. Lineage

    An evolutionary lineage is a sequence of species, that form a line of descent, each new species the direct result of speciation from an immediate ancestral species. Lineages are subsets of the evolutionary tree of life. Lineages are often determined by the techniques of molecular systematics.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lineage in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lineage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of lineage in a Sentence

  1. Freedman Fowler:

    Acristavus does not have a crest. The top of its skull is flat. Brachylophosaurus has a large, flat, paddle-shaped crest that completely covers the back of the top of its skull, it is a perfect example of evolution within a single lineage of dinosaurs over millions of years.

  2. Nadine Pellegrini:

    The origin of the lineage of terrorism doesn't matter, what matters are his beliefs in terror, his actions.

  3. Karen Spencer:

    We aren't interested in lineage, it's the inner beauty and personality that shine in our World's Ugliest Dog contest.

  4. Roberto Mukaro Borrero:

    The traditional homelands of the Taíno extend from the Caribbean islands to southern Florida. My family lineage is from Borikén (Puerto Rico) and I know that the loss of life people on the island suffered from Hurricane Maria was not simply the result of an extreme weather event. The casualties are also the result of the colonial legacy that includes racism and years of neglect.

  5. Ryan Mauro:

    ISIL's focus on justifying killing Shiites is because it is being pressed by Shiite forces in Iraq and Syria, iSIL is hoping to enlist Sunnis by framing its jihad as part of a prophetic battle where the Shiites and Jews eventually unite behind the Antichrist. Fanning the flames of the Sunni-Shia split, which dates to shortly after the death of Mohammad, benefits ISIS by helping it recruit Sunnis, Mauro said. And the terror group's leadership appears to believe a final battle has been prophecized. Worldwide, Sunnis make up about 85 percent of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. Sunnis, who believe the true lineage of Mohammad lies with those who most closely followed his teachings, control powerful Muslim nations including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan. In addition, most Muslims in Africa are Sunnis. Shia Muslims are a relatively small minority of Shia Muslims, concentrated in Iran and Iraq. Shia Muslims believe bloodlines, not devotion, dictate the prophet’s line of successors. Throughout history, Shia Muslims have rejected the authority of Muslim leaders elected by the people, instead following a line of clerics Shia Muslims consider to have been appointed by Mohammad or Allah. The divide goes back to the period following Mohammad’s death in 632, when his close confidante Abu Bakr became the first Caliph of the Islamic nation. Shias believed the rightful heir was Mohammad’s cousin and son-in-law, Ali bin Abu Talib. Both sects have spawned more than their share of terrorists, though the terror organizations operate differently. Al Qaeda, ISIS, Al-Shebab and Boko Haram are Sunni organizations, while Iranian-sponsored terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, are Shia. The 13th issue of Dabiq, a copy of which was provided to FoxNews.com by the Middle East Media Research Institute( MEMRI), is titled The Rafidah : From Ibn Saba' To the Dajjal. The Rafidah is derogatory term for Shia Muslims that translates to.

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