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.
n 1: the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has
been warriors" [syn: lineage, line, line of descent,
descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree,
origin, parentage, stemma, stock]
2: inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
[syn: lineage, derivation, filiation]