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Meaning of TRIBE

Pronunciation:  trIb

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  group of people related by blood or marriage
  2. [n]  (biology) a taxonomic category between a genus and a subfamily
  3. [n]  a federation (as of American Indians)
  4. [n]  a social division of (usually preliterate) people

TRIBE is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: clan, federation of tribes, folk, kin, kin group, kindred, kinship group
 See Also: Bambuseae, Bovini, clan member, clansman, clanswoman, family, family tree, family unit, folks, genealogy, Maya, Mayan, moiety, Nahuatl, nation, phyle, relation, relative, social group, taxon, taxonomic group, totem, tribe Bambuseae, tribe Bovini, Tribes of Israel, tribesman, Twelve Tribes of Israel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tribe\, n. [L. tribus, originally, a third part of the
    Roman people, afterwards, a division of the people, a tribe;
    of uncertain origin: cf. F. tribu.]
    1. A family, race, or series of generations, descending from
       the same progenitor, and kept distinct, as in the case of
       the twelve tribes of Israel, descended from the twelve
       sons of Jacob. ``The Lion of the tribe of Juda.'' --Rev.
       v. 5.
             A wealthy Hebrew of my tribe.         --Shak.
    2. (Bot.) A number of species or genera having certain
       structural characteristics in common; as, a tribe of
       plants; a tribe of animals.
    Note: By many recent naturalists, tribe has been used for a
          group of animals or plants intermediate between order
          and genus.
    3. A nation of savages or uncivilized people; a body of rude
       people united under one leader or government; as, the
       tribes of the Six Nations; the Seneca tribe.
    4. A division, class, or distinct portion of a people, from
       whatever cause that distinction may have originated; as,
       the city of Athens was divided into ten tribes.
    5. (Stock Breeding) A family of animals descended from some
       particular female progenitor, through the female line; as,
       the Duchess tribe of shorthorns.
  2. \Tribe\, v. t.
    To distribute into tribes or classes. [R.]
          Our fowl, fish, and quadruped are well tribed. --Abp.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a collection of families descending from one ancestor. The "twelve tribes" of the Hebrews were the twelve collections of families which sprang from the sons of Jacob. In Matt. 24:30 the word has a wider significance. The tribes of Israel are referred to as types of the spiritual family of God (Rev. 7). (See ISRAEL, KINGDOM OF; JUDAH, KINGDOM OF.)

 Definition: a descent and kinship-based group in which subgroups are clearly linked to one another, with the potential of uniting a large number of local groups for common defense or warfare. Unlike bands, tribes are usually settled farmers, though they also include nomadic pastoral groups whose economy is based on exploitation of livestock. Individual communities tend to be integrated into the larger society through kinship ties.