What does the word lineage mean?

Usage examples for lineage

  1. Yet even democracy must own, that pedigree often leaves its trace in style and manner, and certainly the tales before us owe some of their charm to their lineage. – Old French Romances by William Morris
  2. From appearance one would never have guessed rightly which of the two women could trace her lineage for over a thousand years. – The Title Market by Emily Post