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[trahybz-muh n] /ˈtraɪbz mən/
noun, plural tribesmen.
a member of a tribe.
Origin of tribesman
1790-1800; tribe + 's1 + -man
Related forms
nontribesman, noun, plural nontribesmen. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The slaying of a tribesman need not in all cases cause a war.

  • They were more than gods to the Celtic tribesman—they were kinsmen.

    Folklore as an Historical Science George Laurence Gomme
  • Ashe remained where he was, facing into the bushes which hid the tribesman.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • A tribesman's property consisted of his cattle and his serfs.

  • Instead of being able to save his tribesman, it began to look as though White Otter was doomed to share the same tragic fate.

    White Otter Elmer Russell Gregor
  • It was also plain that the Mohawks were about ready to rush to the assistance of their tribesman.

    Running Fox Elmer Russell Gregor
  • A captive is always selected for this difficult task, so that any harm due to an error on her part may not fall on a tribesman.

  • As yet the two scouts had failed to answer the frantic appeals of their tribesman.

    Running Fox Elmer Russell Gregor
  • The characteristic garb of the tribesman was a loose saffron mantle, which served as his dress by day, his coverlet by night.

  • Nor has the general character of the tribesman long been, if it yet is, extinct.

British Dictionary definitions for tribesman


noun (pl) -men
a member of a tribe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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