Definition of dynasty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɪnəsti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaɪnəsti//
    (pl. dynasties) Family background
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  1. 1a series of rulers of a country who all belong to the same family the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty Wordfinderancestor, branch, descent, dynasty, family tree, genealogy, generation, inherit, relation, trace See related entries: Family background
  2. 2a period of years during which members of a particular family rule a country a Ming dynasty vase
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from French dynastie, or via late Latin from Greek dunasteia ‘lordship, power’, from dunastēs, from dunasthai ‘be able’.Extra examples Scotland’s ancient dynasty The civil service was established under the previous dynasty. a porcelain figure made during the Tang dynasty bowls and pots from the twelfth dynasty the last surviving heir of an ancient dynasty the rise and fall of the Habsburg dynasty the ruling dynasties of the Visigoths Eventually the dynasty was overthrown, and the country became a Republic.

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