- in ancient Rome, a clan united by descent through the male line from a common ancestor and having both name and religious observances in common
- any tribe or clan; esp., an exogamous group claiming descent through the male line
Origin: L, origin, originally , that belonging together by birth from base of gignere, to beget: see genus
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noun pl. gen·tes
- A patrilineal clan of ancient Rome composed of several families of the same name claiming a common ancestor and belonging to a common religious cult.
- Anthropology An exogamous patrilineal clan.
Origin: Latin gēns; see genə- in Indo-European roots.