Meaning of dynasty

dy•nas•ty

Pronunciation: (dī'nu-stēBrit.also din'u-stē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group: the Ming dynasty.
  2. the rule of such a sequence.
  3. a series of members of a family who are distinguished for their success, wealth, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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