A political dynasty controlling the state.
When a powerful family in China hands down control of the country from father to son, their rule is an example of a dynasty.
Other Word Forms
Origin of dynasty
- Middle English dynastie from Old French from Late Latin dynastīa lordship from Greek dunasteia from dunastēs lord dynast
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French dynastie, from Late Latin dynastia, from Ancient Greek δυναστεία (dunasteia, “power, dominion”).