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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dynasty mean? 

DYNASTY (noun)
  The noun DYNASTY has 1 sense:

1. a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family

  Familiarity information: DYNASTY used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DYNASTY (noun)

Sense 1dynasty [BACK TO TOP]


A sequence of powerful leaders in the same family

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("dynasty" is a kind of...):

family; family line; folk; kinfolk; kinsfolk; phratry; sept (people descended from a common ancestor)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dynasty"):

Bourbon; Bourbon dynasty (a European royal line that ruled in France (from 1589-1793) and Spain and Naples and Sicily)

Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (the name of the royal family that ruled Great Britain from 1901-1917; the name was changed to Windsor in 1917 in response to anti-German feelings in World War I)

Seljuk (any one of the Turkish dynasties that ruled Asia Minor from the 11th to the 13th centuries; they successfully invaded Byzantium and defended the Holy Land against Crusaders)

Shang; Shang dynasty (the imperial dynasty ruling China from about the 18th to the 12th centuries BC)

Stuart (the royal family that ruled Scotland from 1371-1714 and ruled England from 1603 to 1649 and again from 1660 to 1714)

Song; Song dynasty; Sung; Sung dynasty (the imperial dynasty of China from 960 to 1279; noted for art and literature and philosophy)

Tang; Tang dynasty (the imperial dynasty of China from 618 to 907)

House of Tudor; Tudor (an English dynasty descended from Henry Tudor; Tudor monarchs ruled from Henry VII to Elizabeth I (from 1485 to 1603))

Omayyad; Ommiad; Umayyad (the first dynasty of Arab caliphs whose capital was Damascus)

Valois (French royal house from 1328 to 1589)

Wei; Wei dynasty (any of several imperial dynasties of China ruling from 220 to 265 and from 386 to 556)

House of Windsor; Windsor (the British royal family since 1917)

House of York; York (the English royal house (a branch of the Plantagenet line) that reigned from 1461 to 1485; its emblem was a white rose)

Mongol dynasty; Yuan; Yuan dynasty (the imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368)

Romanoff; Romanov (the Russian imperial line that ruled from 1613 to 1917)

Ch'ing; Ch'ing dynasty; Manchu; Manchu dynasty; Qing; Qing dynasty (the last imperial dynasty of China (from 1644 to 1912) which was overthrown by revolutionaries; during the Qing dynasty China was ruled by the Manchu)

Ptolemaic dynasty; Ptolemy (an ancient dynasty of Macedonian kings who ruled Egypt from 323 BC to 30 BC; founded by Ptolemy I and ended with Cleopatra)

Capetian dynasty (a Frankish dynasty founded by Hugh Capet that ruled from 987 to 1328)

Carlovingian dynasty; Carolingian dynasty (a Frankish dynasty founded by Charlemagne's father that ruled from 751 to 987)

Flavian dynasty (a dynasty of Roman emperors from 69 to 96 including Vespasian and his sons Titus and Domitian)

Han; Han dynasty (imperial dynasty that ruled China (most of the time) from 206 BC to 221 and expanded its boundaries and developed its bureaucracy)

Hanover; Hanoverian line; House of Hanover (the English royal house that reigned from 1714 to 1901 (from George I to Victoria))

Habsburg; Hapsburg (a royal German family that provided rulers for several European states and wore the crown of the Holy Roman Empire from 1440 to 1806)

Hohenzollern (a German noble family that ruled Brandenburg and Prussia)

House of Lancaster; Lancaster; Lancastrian line (the English royal house that reigned from 1399 to 1461; its emblem was a red rose)

Liao; Liao dynasty (the dynasty that ruled much of Manchuria and northeastern China from 947 to 1125)

Merovingian; Merovingian dynasty (a Frankish dynasty founded by Clovis I that reigned in Gaul and Germany from about 500 to 750)

Ming; Ming dynasty (the imperial dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644)

Ottoman; Ottoman dynasty (the Turkish dynasty that ruled the Ottoman Empire from the 13th century to its dissolution after World War I)

Plantagenet; Plantagenet line (the family name of a line of English kings that reigned from 1154 to 1485)

Chou; Chou dynasty; Chow; Chow dynasty; Zhou; Zhou dynasty (the imperial dynasty of China from 1122 to 221 BC; notable for the rise of Confucianism and Taoism)

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