• (British) IPA: /ˈpɛd.ɪ.ɡɹi/


  1. A chart, list, or record of ancestors, to show breeding, especially distinguished breeding. [from 15th c.]
  2. A person's ancestral history; ancestry, lineage. [from 15th c.]
  3. (uncountable) Good breeding or ancestry. [from 15th c.]
  4. The history or provenance of an idea, custom etc. [from 16th c.]
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 33:
      This connection between sexual and spiritual impurity had an immense pedigree.
  5. The ancestry of a domesticated animal, especially a dog or horse. [from 17th c.]
  • French: pedigree
  • German: Ahnentafel
  • Portuguese: pedigree
  • Russian: родосло́вная
  • Spanish: pedigrí
Translations Adjective


  1. Having a pedigree.
  2. Purebred.

pedigree (pedigrees, present participle pedigreeing; past and past participle pedigreed)

  1. (transitive) To determine the pedigree of (an animal).

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