Grammar Patterns

adj N

The 'background' group

These nouns are used to indicate the nationality, class, or religion of someone's parents or ancestors.
There are now about 750,000 citizens of Chinese ancestry throughout Canada.
My Catholic background has helped get me through, but my faith has changed a lot.
He wove a fantasy - which he encouraged others to believe - that he was of noble birth.
  • ancestry
  • background
  • beginnings
  • birth
  • blood
  • bloodline
  • descent
  • extraction
  • origin
  • parentage
  • stock
  • upbringing
  • There is also one noun, derivation, which is used to indicate the origin of a word.
    Words of Latin, Germanic, and French derivation abound in English.

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