descent/ancestry/lineage/line

boggiee

Senior Member
Turkish
Hi,

I've been looking up the dictionary on this forum, as well as other dictionaries, to learn the difference between 'descent', 'ancestry', 'lineage' and 'line' but I could not understand anything. Some say that they are somewhat same or similar.

Could you please help me with that?

Thanks.
 
  • JustKate

    Moderate Mod
    We would be able to answer your question much better, boggiee, if you would give us a sentence in which you wish to use one of these words. In some contexts, they are synonymous, but there are contexts in which only one or two would work. So please provide a sentence and we'll do our best to help.
     

    boggiee

    Senior Member
    Turkish
    - It looks as if Joe might be the last of the line (=the last in his family).

    This sentence is from Longman Dictionary.

    I think that in this sentence "lineage" sounds OK but cannot be sure of the other two.

    Thanks.
     
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