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ancestry

an·ces·try

ancestry

 
 
pronunciation:
aen s stri
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
inflections: ancestries
definition 1: one's ancestors collectively.
He is proud of his Greek ancestry.
antonyms:
posterity
similar words:
antecedent, background, family, genealogy, parentage, people, root
definition 2: line of descent; lineage.
The duke can trace his ancestry back to the tenth century.
synonyms:
bloodline, extraction, family tree, genealogy, parentage
similar words:
birth, blood, descent, family, heritage, lineage, origin, race, root, stock, strain, tribe
definition 3: the origin or evolution of an object, idea, or style.
We brought the silver bowl to an antique dealer to learn about its ancestry.
synonyms:
descent, lineage, pedigree
similar words:
derivation, genealogy, strain
Word Parts
The word ancestry contains the following parts:
ante- Latin prefix that means before
synonyms:
pro-2, pre-
antonyms:
post-
 
ced, ces, -ceed, -cede, -cess Latin root that means to go; to go back or yield