Definition Of ancestry


one's family or ethnic descent.

his Viking ancestry

the origin or background of something.

the book traces the ancestry of women's poetry

Example Of ancestry

  • A criollo in Argentina is a person or a family descended from Spanish ancestry , in other words, no added mixture of non-Spanish blood.

  • A group of nomad families sharing a common ancestry is more likely to deal with the challenges of the desert.

  • Ann was a descendant of a family that could trace its ancestry back to the Norman Conquest.

  • But it still sits in our DNA, one of many useless remnants testifying to our evolutionary ancestry .

  • Closely related species will tend to share more characters through common ancestry than through independent evolution.

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