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Meaning of CLAN

Pronunciation:  klan

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  group of people related by blood or marriage
 

CLAN is a 4 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: kin, kin group, kindred, kinship group, tribe
 
 See Also: clan member, clansman, clanswoman, family, family tree, family unit, folks, genealogy, relation, relative, social group, totem, Tribes of Israel, tribesman, Twelve Tribes of Israel

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 
Glossary
 
 Definition: a unilineal descent group usually comprising more than ten generations consisting of members who claim a common ancestry even though they cannot trace step-by-step their exact connection to a common ancestor.
 
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