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Definition of "pedigree" []

  • A line of ancestors; a lineage. (noun)
  • A list of ancestors; a family tree. (noun)
  • A chart of an individual's ancestors used in human genetics to analyze Mendelian inheritance of certain traits, especially of familial diseases. (noun)
  • A list of the ancestors of a purebred animal. (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.

Use "pedigree" in a sentence
  • "Jeter always seems to be in the middle of the action when the Yankees put together a rally, and his postseason pedigree is unassailable."
  • "Not only that, but the pedigree is distinguished as well."
  • "Second, it's a (almost) dry rendition (most of the Vignoles with any sort of pedigree is used in dessert and ice-style wines)."