Part of speech: noun

One's ancestors collectively.

Part of speech: noun

Descent; noble or worthy lineage.

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Usage examples "ancestry":

  1. Pedigree- hunting is certainly a somewhat foolish pursuit; but it may nevertheless afford us a few minutes' amusement without our making any parade of our ancestry. - "The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons", Jacques Casanova de Seingalt.
  2. Is there any connection or common ancestry possible, to account for this strange family likeness? - "Pioneers of Science", Oliver Lodge.
  3. Backed by a wife proud of her British ancestry and growing more and more indignant each day at the United States Government, Mr. Saltus finally decided to become a naturalized British subject. - "Edgar Saltus: The Man", Marie Saltus.