Tribe definition

trīb
Frequency:
Any group of people having the same occupation, habits, ideas, etc.

The tribe of drama critics.

noun
28
12
A group of people sharing an occupation, interest, or habit.

A tribe of graduate students.

noun
22
6
In stock breeding, the animals descended from the same female through the female line.
noun
10
3
(biology) A taxonomic category ranking below a family or subfamily and above a genus and usually containing several genera.
noun
12
6
A unit of sociopolitical organization consisting of a number of families, clans, or other groups who share a common ancestry and culture and among whom leadership is typically neither formalized nor permanent.
noun
5
3
Advertisement
Esp. among preliterate peoples, a group of persons, families, or clans believed to be descended from a common ancestor and forming a close community under a leader, or chief.
noun
11
10
A political, ethnic, or ancestral division of ancient states and cultures, especially:
  • Any of the three divisions of the ancient Romans, namely, the Latin, Sabine, and Etruscan.
  • Any of the 12 divisions of ancient Israel.
  • A phyle of ancient Greece.
noun
4
3
A taxonomic category that is a subdivision of a subfamily of plants or animals and consists of several closely related genera.
noun
3
2
(informal) A family, esp. a large one.
noun
3
3
A unit of sociopolitical organization consisting of a number of families, clans, or other groups who share a common ancestry and culture and among whom leadership is typically neither formalized nor permanent.
noun
2
2
Advertisement
A group of this kind having recognized ancestry.
  • Any of the three divisions of the ancient Romans, traditionally of Latin, Sabine, and Etruscan origin.
  • Any of the later political and territorial divisions of the ancient Romans.
  • Any of the phylae of ancient Greece.
  • Any of the twelve divisions of the ancient Israelites.
noun
2
2
(biology) A taxonomic category ranking below a family or subfamily and above a genus and usually containing several genera.
noun
2
2
The definition of a tribe is a group of people, or a community with similar values or interests, a group with a common ancestor, or a common leader.

An example of a tribe is the dead heads who followed the Grateful Dead.

An example of a tribe is the Choctaw American Indians.

noun
1
1
(taxonomy) A hierarchal rank between family and genus.
noun
0
0
(stock breeding) A family of animals descended from some particular female progenitor, through the female line.

The Duchess tribe of shorthorns.

noun
0
0
Advertisement
To distribute into tribes or classes; to categorize.
verb
0
0
A natural group of plants or animals classified together without regard for their taxonomic relations.
noun
0
1
noun
0
1
(anthropology) A society larger than a band but smaller than a state.
noun
0
1
The collective noun for various animals.
noun
0
1
Advertisement
(informal) A large family.
noun
0
2

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tribe
Plural:
tribes

Origin of tribe

  • Middle English from Old French tribu from Latin tribus division of the Roman people perhaps of Etruscan origin or possibly from tri- three trei- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English, from Old French tribu, from Latin tribus.

    From Wiktionary