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From Middle English linage, from Old French linage, from ligne, from Latin linea (line); equivalent to line +‎ -age.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈlɪn.i.ɪd͡ʒ/
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lineage (countable and uncountable, plural lineages)

  1. Descent in a line from a common progenitor; progeny; descending line of offspring or ascending line of parentage.
  2. (advertising) A number of lines of text in a column.
    • 1927, William Leonard Crum, Advertising Fluctuations, Seasonal and Cyclical:
      Total newspaper advertising lineage in the North Atlantic region
    • 1981 December 1, Ronnie Allen, “The Herald: Shunning and Insulting”, in Gay Community News, volume 12, number 20, page 4:
      These are mere excerpts of longer pieces by Sullivan on Boy George, and I have left out more pieces because of the limits of space. Let me add, the lineage in Sullivan's column devoted to Boy George in 1984 exceeds the lineage in the rest of the Herald devoted to all news of gays and lesbians in the same period of time.
  3. A fee or rate paid per line of text.

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