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ancestry (noun) line of descent.
A person's ancestry is the earlier members of the family many generations ago. A person of British ancestry is one whose forefathers were the natives of Britain. A person traces his or her ancestry to some great man if that great man is their ancestor.
- People usually take pride in their ancestry, though some of the ancestors might not have been very great people.
- A person should be known by their own qualities and their own achievements, rather than by any reference to the merits of their ancestry.