Meaning of “descent” in the English Dictionary

"descent" in British English

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uk /dɪˈsent/ us /dɪˈsent/

(Definition of “descent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"descent" in American English

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us /dɪˈsent/

descent noun (FAMILY BACKGROUND)

[ U ] the origin of people in your family background:

Their mother is of Irish descent (= family origin).

descent noun (ARRIVAL)

[ C usually sing ] the arrival of something or someone, esp. when it is unpleasant or unwanted:

The descent of dozens of motorcycles terrified local residents.

descent noun (A WAY DOWN)

[ C ] a way down, such as a path, or an act of coming down:

A steep descent from the peak brings you to a meadow.
The plane is making its final descent into the airport.

(Definition of “descent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)