- 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.