Definition of descendance in US English:

descendance

noun

  • The fact of descending from a particular progenitor or ancestor, or of having a particular origin. Also occasionally: the transmission of a title, etc., to an heir.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Percyvall (c1558–1620), administrator and lexicographer. Originally from descend + -ence, after descendent; compare post-classical Latin descendentia slope, declivity, Spanish descendencia, Italian † descendenza (now discendenza).

Pronunciation

descendance

/dɪˈsɛnd(ə)ns/