- a subdivision of an ancient Greek phyle
- any of the similar units, as a group of clans, of a primitive tribe
Origin of phratryClassical Greek phratria ; from phrat?r, akin to Classical Latin frater, brother
- A kinship group constituting an intermediate division in the primitive structure of the Hellenic tribe or phyle, consisting of several patrilinear clans, and surviving in classical times as a territorial subdivision in the political and military organization of the Athenian state.
- Anthropology An exogamous subdivision of the tribe, constituting two or more related clans.
Origin of phratryGreek phratria, from phrat&emacron;r, phratr-, fellow member of a clan; see bhrater- in Indo-European roots.
Ancient Greek Ï†ÏÎ±Ï„ÏÎ¯Î± (phratria), "brotherhood" or "kinfolk".