Definition of Pedigree

1. Noun. The descendants of one individual. "His entire lineage has been warriors"

2. Adjective. Having a list of ancestors as proof of being a purebred animal.
Exact synonyms: Pedigreed, Pureblood, Pureblooded, Thoroughbred
Similar to: Purebred
Derivative terms: Pureblood

3. Noun. Line of descent of a purebred animal.
Generic synonyms: Breed, Stock, Strain

4. Noun. Ancestry of a purebred animal.
Exact synonyms: Bloodline
Generic synonyms: Ancestry, Derivation, Filiation, Lineage

Definition of Pedigree

1. n. A line of ancestors; descent; lineage; genealogy; a register or record of a line of ancestors.

Definition of Pedigree

1. Adjective. Having a pedigree. ¹

2. Adjective. Purebred. ¹

3. Noun. A chart, list or record of ancestors, to show breeding, especially distinguished breeding. ¹

4. Noun. Good breeding or ancestry. ¹

5. Noun. A history or provenance. ¹

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Definition of Pedigree

1. a line of ancestors [n -S]

Medical Definition of Pedigree

1. 1. A line of ancestors; descent; lineage; genealogy; a register or record of a line of ancestors. "Alterations of surnames . . . Have obscured the truth of our pedigrees." (Camden) "His vanity labored to contrive us a pedigree." (Milton) "I am no herald to inquire of men's pedigrees." (Sir P. Sidney) "The Jews preserved the pedigrees of their tribes." (Atterbury) 2. A record of the lineage or strain of an animal, as of a horse. Origin: Of unknown origin; possibly fr. F. Par degres by degrees, for a pedigree is properly a genealogical table which records the relationship of families by degrees; or, perh, fr. F. Pied de grue crane's foot, from the shape of the heraldic genealogical trees. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pedigree

pediculosis palpebrarum
pediculosis vestimentorum
pediculous blepharitis
pediculus arcus vertebrae
pedigree (current term)
pedigree analysis
pedigree collapse

Literary usage of Pedigree

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1853)
"This pedigree was copied by Cole from an old MS. book of pedigrees formerly ... See also Ormerod's Cheshire, vol. ii. p. 133., for a pedigree of Done of ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1877)
"In such cases the pedigree did matter ; it was a thoroughly practical thing. But all this went on the assumption that the pedigree was at least true, ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"In matters of pedigree, it being impossible to prove by living witnesses the ... I think the rule is equally applicable to questions of pedigree ; and the ..."

4. The Horse of America in His Derivation, History and Development by John Hankins Wallace (1897)
"It will be observed that, so far as given, each one of these animals was furnished with a first-class race-horse pedigree; for it was then held as firmly as ..."

5. The Doctrine of Descent and Darwinism by Schmidt (Eduard Oskar) (1876)
"But however and wherever specific research was attempted, either the results contributed the form of some part of the great pedigree, or there was, ..."

6. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"depends upon the facts surrounding each particular case. It is plain, however, i liai in cases of pedigree, the declarations, to be admissible, ..."

7. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: From by Great Britain Court of Chancery, John Scott Eldon (1827)
"25th, 27/A. ID the case of pedigree hearsay evidence of declarations by the ... Upon pedigree slight evidence sufficient; as reputation; and a forgery ..."

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