a group of families or households, as among the Scottish Highlanders, the heads of which claim descent from a common ancestor: the Mackenzie clan.
a group of people of common descent; family: Our whole clan got together for Thanksgiving.
a group of people, as a clique, set, society, or party, especially as united by some common trait, characteristic, or interest: a clan of actors and directors.
the principal social unit of tribal organization, in which descent is reckoned exclusively in either the paternal or the maternal line.
a group of people regarded as being descended from a common ancestor.
- clanless, adjective
- in·ter·clan, adjective
- subclan, noun
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How to use clan in a sentence
My name is Romulous, I lead the Dark Angels or xDAx a clan primarily based out of Warhammer.The U.S. Veteran and Wisconsin Boy Who Went to Fight ISIS in Syria | Jacob Siegel | October 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Franco plays Benjy, the mentally handicapped—and eventually, castrated—member of the Compson clan.James Franco and Scott Haze on 'The Sound and the Fury' and Gawker 'Outing' Them As A 'Couple' | Marlow Stern | September 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But he said that the Qawasmeh clan has had a long history of working closely with Hamas leadership.Israeli Claim: Hamas Funded the Kidnapper Who Started the Gaza War | Eli Lake | August 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Happy to be the least of her clan, she becomes greatest among them.
The crowd was there to listen to Chappelle riff on everything from the Wu-Tang clan to Barack Obama to gay rights.Dave Chappelle’s Triumphant Return to New York City | Alex Suskind | June 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mark out in your sand-box the boundary lines of the hunting ground of the Horse clan.
The strange clan always used it on their way to and from the lowland plains.
The strangers soon went away, and the Bison clan forgot about them.
The head man of the agricultural clan was elected by the free choice of his fellows, his equals in rank and station.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
Western gamblers are legion—a reckless, money-plunging, romantic and venturesome yet an admittedly square-shooting clan.
British Dictionary definitions for clan
a group of people interrelated by ancestry or marriage
a group of families with a common surname and a common ancestor, acknowledging the same leader, esp among the Scots and the Irish
a group of people united by common characteristics, aims, or interests
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