from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Future generations: "Everything he writes is consigned to posterity” ( Joyce Carol Oates).
- n. All of a person's descendants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. All the future generations, especially the descendants of a specific person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The race that proceeds from a progenitor; offspring to the furthest generation; the aggregate number of persons who are descended from an ancestor of a generation; descendants; -- contrasted with ancestry.
- n. Succeeding generations; future times.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Descendants collectively; the race that proceeds from a progenitor.
- n. Succeeding generations collectively.
- n. Posteriority.
- n. Synonyms Issue, Progeny, etc. See offspring.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. all of the offspring of a given progenitor
- n. all future generations
Middle English posterite, from Old French, from Latin posteritās, from posterus, coming after; see posterior.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late 14th century, from Middle French posterité, from Latin posteritas, from posterus ("following, coming after"), from post ("after") (English post-). (Wiktionary)