from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A succession of rulers from the same family or line.
- n. A family or group that maintains power for several generations: a political dynasty controlling the state.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A series of rulers or dynasts from one family.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sovereignty; lordship; dominion.
- n. A race or succession of kings, of the same line or family; the continued lordship of a race of rulers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A government; a sovereignty.
- n. A race or succession of sovereigns of the same line or family governing a particular country: as, the successive dynasties of Egypt or of France.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
Middle English dynastie, from Old French, from Late Latin dynastīa, lordship, from Greek dunasteia, from dunastēs, lord; see dynast.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin dynastia, from Ancient Greek δυναστεία (dunasteia, "power, dominion"). (Wiktionary)