- 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.
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Origin of clan
OTHER WORDS FROM clanclanless, adjectivein·ter·clan, adjectivesubclan, noun
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If you have someone in your clan who hasn’t heard this yet, please put them on to this one and saved them from becoming Night Night Nate.Busta Rhymes’ Teaches the Art of Bragging in This Week’s The Playlist|cmurray|December 4, 2020|Essence.com
You return between missions to interact with your clan, upgrade your gear, trade items and more.‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’ impressions: Rekindling the spirit of the series|Elise Favis|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
Though hyenas spend much of their time alone, group living allows them to defend their turf against rival hyena clans and to gang up against threatening lions, he says.
Female hyenas may be out for cubs’ blood — even within their own clans.
The sun could come from a large, loose-knit clan or a small family that’s always fighting.Pinning down the sun’s birthplace just got more complicated|Lisa Grossman|July 20, 2020|Science News
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|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|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|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|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.