- 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.
Origin of clan
Related Words for clantribe, faction, society, sect, band, mob, gang, sodality, set, group, crowd, coterie, club, house, outfit, crew, crush, race, folks, organization
Examples from the Web for clan
Contemporary Examples of clan
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
October 3, 2014
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'
September 6, 2014
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
August 5, 2014
Happy to be the least of her clan, she becomes greatest among them.Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?
July 1, 2014
For 40 episodes, House Lannister has been the clan that Game of Thrones fans love to hate.Valar Morghulis: Game of Thrones’ Women Are Going to Rule the World
June 17, 2014
Historical Examples of clan
He was the chieftain of a clan that spread over Down and Antrim.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
It was like being the head of a clan, the General told himself, and he liked it.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
Kautsky says that in primitive man the child belongs to the clan; but this is an error.
At no period of human existence has family life been replaced by clan life.
In the anthropoid ape we already find the family, but not the 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
Word Origin for clan
early 15c., from Gaelic clann "family, stock, offspring," akin to Old Irish cland "offspring, tribe," both from Latin planta "offshoot" (see plant (n.)). The Goidelic branch of Celtic (including Gaelic) had no initial p-, so it substituted k- or c- for Latin p-. The same Latin word in (non-Goidelic) Middle Welsh became plant "children."