Definition of bloodline in US English:



  • 1An animal's set of ancestors or pedigree, typically considered with regard to the desirable characteristics bred into it.

    ‘the herd has British bloodlines going back 200 years’
    • ‘For centuries, the whole thoroughbred breeding industry was based on bloodlines originating in Epsom Derby winners.’
    • ‘The also agreed to train and race him since his bloodlines are so good.’
    • ‘Lifestyle farmers can make a big contribution to safeguarding and developing good bloodlines within the breed.’
    • ‘Untrained, they can be domineering, independent and reserved, especially when bred from working bloodlines - show lines tend to be calmer and more subdued.’
    • ‘He researched the breed and was a frequent visitor to France where he visited shows, sales and farms, following up bloodlines, pedigrees and progeny.’
    • ‘There were all kinds; Appaloosas, Palominos, Arabs, Thoroughbreds, all with true bloodlines and all fine animals worth plenty of money.’
    • ‘Some of the most vicious bloodlines bred by fighters produce dogs worth thousands of dollars each.’
    • ‘The bulls are specially bred fighting bulls, usually from the same bloodline and are not less than four years old with a weight somewhere between 500 and 800 kilos.’
    • ‘The two animals she bought contributed to the bloodlines of herds throughout the country.’
    • ‘Some breeds and certain bloodlines within breeds are friendlier and more adaptable to training because they were bred to be that way.’
    • ‘Under the new breeding program, dogs with the same bloodlines would be purchased from Europe every 2-3 years.’
    • ‘We had some Arabian horses out there and it was some of the same bloodlines that he breeds.’
    • ‘If he produces a lot of top quality trial dogs and enters the pedigrees and the major bloodlines of the breed, his genes will be spread throughout the breed.’
    • ‘Selective breeding to improve the bloodlines of carp has led to the king carp that we see today.’
    • ‘The stud isn't too far away from home and the livery side of things interest me too, which involves learning about the breeding aspect as well as the horses bloodlines.’
    • ‘Since then they have improved the breed using French shorthorn and imported bloodlines from Canada and Australia to obtain better carcase quality.’
    • ‘You also may want to check the horse's bloodline if you will be breeding the horse.’
    • ‘Or do you want to delve into pedigrees, to find the classic mix of bloodlines that herald the ultimate racehorse.’
    ancestry, descent, lineage, line, line of descent, genealogy, family tree, extraction, derivation, origin, heritage, parentage, paternity, birth, family, dynasty, house, race, strain, stock, breed, blood, history, background, roots
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    1. 1.1 A set of ancestors or line of descent of a person.
      ‘the survival of a legitimate royal bloodline’
      • ‘These folk of ancient royal bloodline who have never had to do much of anything for themselves haven't a fighting chance amidst the political maneuvering that swirls around them.’
      • ‘His sporting pedigree is confirmed by a bloodline that has produced other fine sportsmen.’
      • ‘It suggests that Jesus Christ had direct descendants, in a bloodline that can be traced down the centuries.’
      • ‘Nietzsche looked to the Greeks as a model along these lines; a churning of the bloodlines creating the Superman.’
      • ‘Logically, if Edward IV had not been King, the royal bloodline would have been entirely different.’
      • ‘Why didn't you tell me we are from a royal bloodline?’
      • ‘‘He is the closest thing you have to a brother and it is important that we keep the royal bloodline’, he answered.’
      • ‘The bloodline I come from is a line from which many great warriors have come from.’
      • ‘Henriette descended from German-Jewish bloodlines, married an Englishman and then, through her portrait, adopted the identity of an English lady.’
      • ‘History and bloodlines, what did any of it have to do with her?’
      • ‘If they are part of a dynastic bloodline then why is the Princess opposed to them?’
      • ‘That place held an important place in his heart because it was where the bloodline of his family had originated.’
      • ‘She wondered what it was like to grow up an only child to a royal bloodline.’
      • ‘Well, I believe it's time that you learn of your bloodline, a line of heroes.’
      • ‘Today's royal bloodlines trace back to them.’
      • ‘Now at the age of twenty he was expected to marry and carry on the royal bloodline, earning the title of King.’
      • ‘The people would fear betraying the royal bloodline even if they agreed with the cause.’
      • ‘Being the only child in the family, his parents were counting on him to continue the family bloodline and surname.’
      • ‘Now, emperor is a royal title, bringing to mind divine bloodlines, elaborate coronations and incest.’
      ancestry, lineage, line, descent, parentage, family, house, dynasty, birth, extraction, derivation, origin, genealogy, heritage, breeding, stock, strain, race, pedigree, roots, kinship, consanguinity
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