From Middle English linage, from Old French linage, from ligne, from Latin linea (“line”); equivalent to line + -age.
lineage (countable and uncountable, plural lineages)
- Descent in a line from a common progenitor; progeny; descending line of offspring or ascending line of parentage.
- 2011 July 19, Ella Davies, “Stick insects survive one million years without sex”, in BBC:
- They traced the ancient lineages of two species to reveal the insects' lengthy history of asexual reproduction.
- (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
- A fee or rate paid per line of text.
number of lines
- “lineage”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “lineage”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.