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

  • n. Direct descent from a particular ancestor; ancestry.
  • n. Derivation.
  • n. The descendants of a common ancestor considered to be the founder of the line.
  • n. Variant of linage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Descent in a line from a common progenitor; progeny; race; descending line of offspring or ascending line of parentage.
  • n. A number of lines of text in a column.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Descent in a line from a common progenitor; progeny; race; descending line of offspring or ascending line of parentage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Line of descent from an ancestor; hence, family; race; stock.
  • n. Synonyms Genealogy, etc. (see pedigree), birth, extraction, ancestry, family, descent.
  • n. Same as linage.

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

  • n. the number of lines in a piece of printed material
  • n. the descendants of one individual
  • n. the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors
  • n. a rate of payment for written material that is measured according to the number of lines submitted
  • n. inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline

Etymologies

Middle English linage, lineage, from Old French lignage, from ligne, line; see line1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English linage, from Old French linage, from ligne, from Latin linea ("line"); see line. (Wiktionary)

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