- family descent or lineage
- ancestors collectively
- noble or distinguished descent
Origin of ancestryMiddle English ancestrie ; from Old French ancesserie ; from ancestre, ancestor
- Ancestral descent or lineage.
- Ancestors considered as a group.
Origin of ancestryMiddle English auncestrie, alteration (influenced by auncestre, ancestor) of Old French ancesserie, from ancessour, ancestor, from Latin antecessor; see ancestor.
From Old French ancesserie. See ancestor.