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Meaning of “descent” in the English Dictionary

"descent" in British English

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descentnoun

uk   us   /dɪˈsent/
  • descent noun (RELATION)

[U] the ​state or ​fact of being ​related to a ​particularperson or ​group of ​people who ​lived in the past: She's a woman ofmixed/​French descent. They ​tracetheir line of descent back to a ​Frenchduke. He ​claims direct descent fromMohammed.
(Definition of descent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"descent" in American English

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descentnoun

 us   /dɪˈsent/
  • descent noun (FAMILY BACKGROUND)

[U] the ​origin of ​people in ​yourfamilybackground: Their ​mother is of Irish descent (= ​familyorigin).
  • descent noun (ARRIVAL)

[C usually sing] the ​arrival of something or someone, esp. when it is ​unpleasant or ​unwanted: The descent of dozens of ​motorcyclesterrifiedlocalresidents.
  • descent noun (A WAY DOWN)

[C] a way down, such as a ​path, or an ​act of coming down: A ​steep descent from the ​peakbrings you to a ​meadow. The ​plane is making ​itsfinal descent into the ​airport.
(Definition of descent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “descent”
in Arabic نُزول, هُبوط…
in Korean 하강…
in Portuguese descida…
in Catalan descens…
in Japanese 下降…
in Chinese (Simplified) 关系, 血缘关系,家族关系, 祖先…
in Turkish iniş, alçalma, düşüş…
in Russian спуск, снижение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 關係, 血緣關係,家族關係, 祖先…
in Italian discesa…
in Polish zejście, schodzenie…
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