lineage

The word lineage is used to describe everyone who descends from a particular ancestor. Mozart had six children, but none of them had children of their own, so the composer’s lineage ended after one generation.

If you put an adjective like artistic or spiritual before lineage, it becomes clear you're talking about people who are related by ideas or attitude, not by blood. There are many composers, even today, who trace their musical lineage to Mozart, even though his actual lineage ended in the 19th century.

Primary Meanings of lineage

1.
n
the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors
2.
n
the number of lines in a piece of printed material
Full Definitions of lineage
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n the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors

Synonyms:
descent, filiation, line of descent
Types:
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bilateral descent
line of descent traced through both the maternal and paternal sides of the family
unilateral descent
line of descent traced through one side of the family
cognation, enation, matrilineage
line of descent traced through the maternal side of the family
agnation, patrilineage
line of descent traced through the paternal side of the family
Type of:
family relationship, kinship, relationship
(anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption

n the descendants of one individual

“his entire lineage has been warriors”
Synonyms:
ancestry, blood, blood line, bloodline, descent, line, line of descent, 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

n inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline

Synonyms:
ancestry, derivation, filiation
Types:
descent, extraction, origin
properties attributable to your ancestry
bloodline, pedigree
ancestry of a purebred animal
full blood
descent from parents both of one pure breed
Type of:
hereditary pattern, inheritance
(genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents
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n the number of lines in a piece of printed material

Synonyms:
linage
Type of:
number
a concept of quantity involving zero and units

n a rate of payment for written material that is measured according to the number of lines submitted

Synonyms:
linage
Type of:
charge per unit, rate
amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis

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