n [U] (fml 文) line of descent from an ancestor; ancestry 宗系; 世系; 血统
*trace one's lineage back many centuries 回溯许多世纪以探求自己的宗谱
* be of humble lineage 出身寒微.
n [U and C]formal
the way in which members of a family are descended
from other members
, ancestry ancestry a family of ancient lineage