Pronunciation: (dī'nu-stē; Brit. also din'u-stē), [key]
1. a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group: the Ming dynasty.
2. the rule of such a sequence.
3. a series of members of a family who are distinguished for their success, wealth, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.