Clan definition

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A group of people with interests in common; clique; set.
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A large group of relatives, friends, or associates.
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A division of a tribe tracing descent from a common ancestor.
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In certain primitive societies, a tribal division, usually exogamous, of matrilineal or patrilineal descent from a common ancestor.
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An early form of social group, as in the Scottish Highlands, composed of several families claiming descent from a common ancestor, bearing the same family name, and following the same chieftain.
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(video games) A group of players who habitually play on the same team in multiplayer games.
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The definition of a clan is a close-knit group who are related or who share a strong common interest.

The Jones family and all of the descendants of that family are an example of the Jones clan.

A group of artists who live together in a communal house and who share an interest in abstract art are an example of a clan of artists.

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(anthropology) A group of people all descended from a common ancestor, in fact or belief.
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Any association of people behaving clannishly.
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A traditional social unit in the Scottish Highlands, consisting of a number of families claiming a common ancestor and following the same hereditary chieftain.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
clan
Plural:
clans

Origin of clan

  • Middle English from Scottish Gaelic clann family from Old Irish cland offspring from Latin planta plant, sprout plat- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Scottish Gaelic clann (“progeny, race”), from Old Irish cland, from Old Welsh plant, from Latin planta (“shoot, offspring”).

    From Wiktionary