Meaning of descendance in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈsɛnd(ə)ns/


  • The fact of descending from a particular progenitor or ancestor, or of having a particular origin. Also occasionally: the transmission of a title, etc., to an heir.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Percyvall (c1558–1620), administrator and lexicographer. Originally from descend + -ence, after descendent; compare post-classical Latin descendentia slope, declivity, Spanish descendencia, Italian †descendenza (now discendenza).