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Clan definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CLAN, n.
1. A race; a family; a tribe. Hence, an association of persons under a chieftain.
2. In contempt, a sect, society, or body of persons closely united by some common interest or pursuit.
Note. In Russ. Kolieno signifies a knee, and a family, race or tribe. Irish glun, the knee, and a generation.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: group of people related by blood or marriage [syn: kin, kin group, kinship group, kindred, clan, tribe]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Scottish Gaelic clann offspring, clan, from Old Irish cland plant, offspring, from Latin planta plant Date: 15th century 1. a. a Celtic group especially in the Scottish Highlands comprising a number of households whose heads claim descent from a common ancestor b. a group of people tracing descent from a common ancestor ; family 2. a group united by a common interest or common characteristics

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a group of people with a common ancestor, esp. in the Scottish Highlands. 2 a large family as a social group. 3 a group with a strong common interest. 4 a a genus, species, or class. b a family or group of animals, e.g. elephants. Etymology: ME f. Gael. clann f. L planta sprout

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Clan Clan, n. [Gael. clann offspring, descendants; akin to Ir. clann, cland, offspring, tribe, family; perh. from L. plania scion, slip, cutting. Cf. Plant, n.] 1. A tribe or collection of families, united under a chieftain, regarded as having the same common ancestor, and bearing the same surname; as, the clan of Macdonald. ``I have marshaled my clan.'' --Campbell. 2. A clique; a sect, society, or body of persons; esp., a body of persons united by some common interest or pursuit; -- sometimes used contemptuously. Partidge and the rest of his clan may hoot me. --Smolett. The whole clan of the enlightened among us. --Burke.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(clans) 1. A clan is a group which consists of families that are related to each other. ...rival clans. N-COUNT 2. You can refer to a group of people with the same interests as a clan. (INFORMAL) ...a powerful clan of industrialists from Monterrey. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Race, tribe, family. 2. Clique, coterie, set, gang, brotherhood, fraternity, sodality.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A family's tribe or brotherhood; a word much used in Scotland. The head of the clan; the chief: an allusion to a story of a Scotchman, who, when a very large louse crept down his arm, put him back again, saying he was the head of the clan, and that, if injured, all the rest would resent it.

Moby Thesaurus

animal kingdom, ashram, band, blood, body, bracket, branch, brand, breed, brood, brotherhood, bunch, cabal, cadre, camarilla, camp, cast, caste, category, cell, character, charmed circle, circle, class, clique, closed circle, colony, color, commonwealth, commune, community, coterie, crew, crowd, deme, denomination, description, designation, division, dynasty, economic class, elite, elite group, endogamous group, estate, extended family, faction, family, feather, fellowship, folk, form, fraternity, gang, genre, gens, genus, grade, grain, group, grouping, head, heading, house, ilk, ingroup, inner circle, junta, junto, kidney, kin, kind, kindred, kinship group, label, level, line, lineage, lot, make, manner, mark, matriclan, mob, moiety, mold, nation, nature, nuclear family, number, order, outfit, party, patriclan, people, persuasion, phratria, phratry, phyle, phylum, pigeonhole, plant kingdom, position, predicament, race, rank, rating, ring, rubric, section, sept, set, settlement, shape, sly, social class, society, sort, species, stamp, station, status, stem, stirps, stock, strain, stratum, stripe, style, subcaste, subdivision, subgroup, suborder, the like of, the likes of, title, totem, tribe, type, variety, we-group


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