Meaning of “family tree” in the English Dictionary

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"family tree" in British English

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family treenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌfæm.əl.i ˈtriː/ us /ˌfæm.əl.i ˈtriː/

Examples from literature

  • He had come to Cornwall in pursuit of the last pieces of evidence for his family tree, and some local busybody had told him that I was versed in Cornish antiquities and heraldry. 
  • I wonder, Kay spoke up demurely, "which ancestor from which side of the family tree put that idea in his head, father?" 
  • So I determined to see what I could do in the way of making up a family tree. 
  • The family tree was complete. 

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

"family tree" in American English

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family treenoun [ C ]

us /ˈfæm·ə·li ˈtri, ˈfæm·li/

a drawing that shows all the members of a family, usually over a long period of time, and how they are related to each other

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