Meaning of ancestry

an•ces•try

Pronunciation: (an'ses-trē or, esp. Brit., -su-strē), [key]
— pl. -tries.
  1. family or ancestral descent; lineage.
  2. honorable or distinguished descent: famous by title and ancestry.
  3. a series of ancestors: His ancestry settled Utah.
  4. the inception or origin of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
  5. the history or developmental process of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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