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5 definitions found
 for pedigree
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pedigree \Ped"i*gree\ (p[e^]d"[i^]*gr[=e]), n. [Of unknown
     origin; possibly fr. F. par degr['e]s by degrees, -- for a
     pedigree is properly a genealogical table which records the
     relationship of families by degrees; or, perh., fr. F. pied
     de grue crane's foot, from the shape of the heraldic
     genealogical trees.]
     1. A line of ancestors; descent; lineage; genealogy; a
        register or record of a line of ancestors.
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              Alterations of surnames . . . have obscured the
              truth of our pedigrees.               --Camden.
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              His vanity labored to contrive us a pedigree.
                                                    --Milton.
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              I am no herald to inquire of men's pedigrees. --Sir
                                                    P. Sidney.
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              The Jews preserved the pedigrees of their tribes.
                                                    --Atterbury.
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     2. (Stock Breeding) A record of the lineage or strain of an
        animal, as of a horse.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pedigree
      adj 1: having a list of ancestors as proof of being a purebred
             animal [syn: pedigree(a), pedigreed, pureblood,
             pureblooded, thoroughbred]
      n 1: the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has
           been warriors" [syn: lineage, line, line of descent,
           descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree,
           ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock]
      2: line of descent of a purebred animal
      3: ancestry of a purebred animal [syn: pedigree, bloodline]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  33 Moby Thesaurus words for "pedigree":
     Almanach de Gotha, Red Book, Royal Kalendar, Social Register,
     Stammbaum, ancestry, birth, blood, bloodline, blue book,
     derivation, descent, directory, extraction, family, family tree,
     full-blooded, genealogical tree, genealogy, heritage, line,
     line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigreed, roots,
     stemma, stock, strain, studbook, thoroughbred, tree
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PEDIGREE, descents. A succession of degrees from the origin; it is the state 
  of the family as far as regards the relationship of the different members, 
  their births, marriages and deaths; this term is applied to persons or 
  families, who trace their origin or descent. 
       2. On account of the difficulty of proving in the ordinary manner by 
  living witnesses, facts which occurred in remote times, hearsay evidence 
  (q.v.) has been admitted to prove a pedigree. 1 Phil. Ev. 186; 1 Stark. Ev. 
  55; 10 Serg. & Rawle, 383; 2 Supp. to Ves. jr. 110; 8 Com. Dig. 583 1 Pet. 
  337; 6 Pet., 81; 13 Pet. 209 1 Wheat. 6; 3 Wash. C. C. R. 243; 4 
  Wash.C.C.R.186; 3Bouv.Inst.n. 3067. Vide Descent; Line. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  PEDIGREE, n.  The known part of the route from an arboreal ancestor
  with a swim bladder to an urban descendant with a cigarette.
  

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