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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lignage, n. Also: lygnage, lignaige, and Liniage. [e.m.E. lignage, lygnage (Malory, Caxton), OF. lignage: cf. Linage. This form common only in Hay.] a. Lineal descent from an ancestor, succession, inheritance. b. Ancestry, extraction. c. Relationship, kinship. d. A body of kindred, a family, tribe or race.a. 1456 Hay I. 42/35.
Tharfore said the Romayns that treuly he was of the lignage of thair goddis
Ib. 285/7.
The lawis sais that advocatis ar procuratouris of mannis lignage
b. Ib. II. 37/30.
That prince … mak na knycht of ane wnworthy persone, na of villaine lignage
1494 Loutfut 10 b.
Nan suld were gold … bot he war cummyn of noble blud & noble lignaige
1531 Bell. Boece II. 339.
Limmaris of vile and obscure lignage
c. 1456 Hay I. 192/22; Ib. 137/18.
Persouns that ar in nathing behaldin till us of blude na lygnage
1582 Douglas Corr. 180.
Freindis … belanging to him be proximite of lignage
d. 1456 Hay I. 102/5.
All the lignage that he is of is destroyit
Ib. 278/22.
That it [the coat of arms] war kyd and knawin till him and his lignage

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