- An example of a pedigree is a family tree.
- An example of a pedigree is a list of relatives for a purebred animal.
- a list of ancestors; record of ancestry; family tree
- descent; lineage; ancestry
- a recorded or known line of descent, esp. of a purebred animal
- the background or origin of a person or thing, esp. as a mark of prestige or distinction: an Ivy League pedigree
Origin of pedigreeMiddle English pedegru, pe de gre from Middle French pié de grue, literally , crane's foot from Classical Latin pes, foot + grus, a crane: from the lines in the genealogical tree
- a. A line of ancestors; a lineage.b. A list of ancestors; a family tree.
- A chart of an individual's ancestors used in human genetics to analyze Mendelian inheritance of certain traits, especially of familial diseases.
- A list of the ancestors of a purebred animal.
- A continuous history or series of precedents, especially considered as evidence of respectability or legitimacy: “The practice of larding legislation with special interest lucre has, of course, a lengthy pedigree in American politics” ( Jonathan Chait )
Origin of pedigreeMiddle English pedegru from Anglo-Norman pe de grue pe foot ( from Latin pēs ; see pedi- . ) de of ( from Latin dē ; see de- . ) grue crane (from the resemblance of a crane's foot to the lines of succession on a genealogical chart) ( from Vulgar Latin grūā ) ( from Latin grūs gru-; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots.)
- A chart, list, or record of ancestors, to show breeding, especially distinguished breeding. [from 15th c.]
- A person's ancestral history; ancestry, lineage. [from 15th c.]
- (uncountable) Good breeding or ancestry. [from 15th c.]
- The history or provenance of an idea, custom etc. [from 16th c.]
- The ancestry of a domesticated animal, especially a dog or horse. [from 17th c.]
(comparative more pedigree, superlative most pedigree)
- Having a pedigree.
From Anglo-Norman pÃ© de grue, a variant of Old French piÃ© de gru (“foot of a crane"), from Latin pedem (“foot") + gruem (“crane").