ancestry

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From Old French ancesserie. See ancestor.

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ancestry (plural ancestries)

  1. Condition as to ancestors; ancestral lineage; hence, birth or honorable descent.
    Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible. -Addison.
  2. A series of ancestors or progenitors; lineage, or those who compose the line of natural descent.

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