Phratry Definition

frātrē
phratries
noun
phratries
A subdivision of an ancient Greek phyle.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
Any of the similar units, as a group of clans, of a primitive tribe.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Phratry

Noun

Singular:
phratry
Plural:
phratries

Origin of Phratry

  • Greek phrātriā from phrātēr phrātr- fellow member of a clan bhrāter- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Ancient Greek φρατρία (phratria), "brotherhood" or "kinfolk".

    From Wiktionary

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