Gens meaning

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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.
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An exogamous patrilineal clan.
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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.
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Any tribe or clan; esp., an exogamous group claiming descent through the male line.
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Generations.
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(historical) A legally defined unit of Roman society, being a collection of people related by birth, marriage or adoption, but allowing a greater amount of time between members and their common ancestor than is commonly implied by the term related.
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(anthropology) A tribal subgroup whose members are characterized by having the same descent, usually along the male line.
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Origin of gens

  • Latin gēns genə- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin gēns (“gens; tribe, people”); see also gentile, gender, genus, generate.
    From Wiktionary
  • Shortened from generations.
    From Wiktionary