The definition of a dynasty is a succession of powerful leaders all from the same family.(noun)
When a powerful family in China hands down control of the country from father to son, their rule is an example of a dynasty.
See dynasty in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. dynasties
Origin: ME dinastie < ML dynastia < Gr dynasteia, lordship, rule < dynastēs: see dynast
See dynasty in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. dy·nas·ties
Origin: Middle English dynastie
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Late Latin dynastīa, lordship
Origin: , from Greek dunasteia
Origin: , from dunastēs, lord; see dynast.
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