AskDefine | Define lineage

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1 the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors" [syn: line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock]
2 the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors [syn: descent, line of descent, filiation]
3 the number of lines in a piece of printed material [syn: linage]
4 a rate of payment for written material that is measured according to the number of lines submitted [syn: linage]
5 inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline [syn: ancestry, derivation, filiation]

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Alternative spellings


/'lɪnɪɪdʒ/ (IPA)


From lignage.


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

Extensive Definition

Lineage may refer to:
In science:
  • Lineage (anthropology), descent group that can demonstrate their common descent from an apical ancestor
  • Lineage (evolution), group composed of species, taxa, or individuals related by descent from a common ancestor
In gaming:
In television:
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See also

lineage in German: Lineage (Begriffsklärung)
lineage in French: Lineage
lineage in Korean: 리니지
lineage in Russian: Lineage

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Indian file, affiliation, aftermath, ancestry, animal kingdom, apparentation, array, articulation, bank, birth, blood, bloodline, branch, breed, brood, buzz, catena, catenation, chain, chain reaction, chaining, children, clan, class, coming after, common ancestry, concatenation, conclusion, connection, consanguinity, consecution, consecutiveness, consequence, continuation, continuity, continuum, course, cycle, deme, derivation, descendant, descendants, descent, direct line, distaff side, drone, dynasty, effect, endless belt, endless round, extension, extraction, family, family tree, female line, file, filiation, folk, following, forebears, forefathers, fruit, gamut, genealogy, gens, gradation, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, heir, heirs, hostages to fortune, house, hum, inheritors, issue, kids, kind, kindred, line, line of descent, little ones, logical sequence, male line, matriclan, monotone, nation, new generation, nexus, offspring, order, order of succession, origin, parentage, patriclan, pedigree, pendulum, people, periodicity, phratry, phyle, phylum, plant kingdom, plenum, posteriority, posterity, postposition, powder train, procession, progeny, progression, prolongation, queue, race, range, rank, recurrence, reticulation, rising generation, rotation, round, routine, row, run, scale, seed, sept, sequel, sequence, series, side, single file, sons, spear side, species, spectrum, spindle side, stem, stirps, stock, strain, string, subjunction, succession, successiveness, successor, suffixation, swath, sword side, thread, tier, totem, train, treasures, tribe, windrow, younglings, youngsters
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