Definition of "descent" []

  • The act or an instance of descending. (noun)
  • A way down. (noun)
  • A downward incline or passage; a slope. (noun)
  • Hereditary derivation; lineage: a person of African descent. (noun)
  • One generation of a specific lineage. (noun)
  • The act of descending (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A downward slope or inclination (noun)
  • A passage, path, or way leading downwards (noun)
  • Derivation from an ancestor or ancestral group; lineage (noun)
  • (in genealogy) a generation in a particular lineage (noun)
  • A decline or degeneration (noun)
  • A movement or passage in degree or state from higher to lower (noun)
  • A sudden and overwhelming arrival or attack (noun)
  • (formerly) the transmission of real property to the heir on an intestacy (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "descent" in a sentence
  • "Having at last found it, however, he forthwith began his descent; and here again he was disagreeably reminded of the much greater difficulty which is experienced in the _descent_ than in the _ascent_ of a cliff."
  • "What happens when a nationalized citizen of Latin descent is pulled over and told to show his identification papers?"
  • "Brunswick, and the fourth in descent from the famous Henry the"