from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A genealogical diagram of a family's ancestry.
  • n. The ancestors and descendants of a family considered as a group.

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  • n. The totality of someone's ancestors.
  • n. A diagrammatic representation of a pedigree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. successive generations of kin


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  • On Christmas morning, after we’d opened our gifts around the family tree in the White House, I was handed a reply to my message to Brezhnev, a terse note sent via the Molink claiming it was the United States, not his country, that was interfering in Polish affairs.

    An American Life

  • Yet he was not an extravagant-minded man in this, and in constructing his family tree on the new basis was duly reasonable in framing his intermarriages and aristocratic links, never inserting a single title above a rank of strict moderation.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • We awakened to discover our family tree was up in the Yellow Oval Room, a glorious 14-foot tree.

    Barbara Bush

  • The Tree of Jesse is a decorative device illustrating the geneology of Christ; it is the family tree of Christianity.

    A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Art

  • I received much information about the van Zestien family tree from both the brothers.

    Death of a Delft Blue

  • The Pelletiers were in fact the fifth-largest family in all of Quebec, and the Cap-Chat arm of the family tree had produced mostly farmers.


  • There's a bunch of other nutwads in the family tree who deserve mentioning, I mean, we haven't even touched on the in-laws yet, and that's a whole other family tree of monkeys.

    Undead and Unworthy


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