1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Dynasty

DYNASTY (Gr. δυναστεία, sovereignty, the position of a δυνάοτης, lord, ruler, from δύνασθαι, to be able, δύναμις, power), a family or line of rulers, a succession of sovereigns of a country belonging to a single family or tracing their descent to a common ancestor. The term is particularly used in the history of ancient Egypt as a convenient means of arranging the chronology.