bloodline

Your bloodline is your heritage or ancestry. In other words, your bloodline includes your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on.

You might talk about the bloodline of a show dog, bragging about the pedigree of your funny-looking terrier. Sometime a horse's bloodline is also a selling point, particularly when someone is betting on a race horse. You have a bloodline too, although the word more often describes the heritage of a famous or royal family. The Old English root word blod, means "blood." By the 13th century, blood also meant "family" or "heritage."

Definitions of bloodline
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n ancestry of a purebred animal

Synonyms:
pedigree
Type of:
ancestry, derivation, filiation, lineage
inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline

n the descendants of one individual

Synonyms:
ancestry, blood, blood line, descent, line, line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock
Types:
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family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept
people descended from a common ancestor
side
a family line of descent
people
members of a family line
homefolk
the people of your home locality (especially your own family)
house
aristocratic family line
dynasty
a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
gens, name
family based on male descent
Type of:
family tree, genealogy
successive generations of kin

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