- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|Jacob Siegel|October 3, 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.
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|Scott Bixby|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At one time he says clan members even called him the “minister of garbage” for his close ties to the government.Jailed Italian Crime Boss Says Mafia Helped Berlusconi Government|Barbie Latza Nadeau|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Such were the mutual wishes I so often heard expressed in our neighborhood and clan fights and quarrels in Syria.The Syrian Christ|Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
It was a principle deeply imbibed by them, to die with pleasure to revenge affronts offered to their clan or to their country.The Eve of All-Hallows, Vol. 3 (of 3)|Matthew Weld Hartstonge
We can vouch for the truth of the statement, as many of our own teutu, or clan, were witnesses of the facts.Byways of Ghost-Land|Elliott O'Donnell
Others carried totems—pieces of wood carved in the likeness of bird or beast to typify manitou of family or clan.Vikings of the Pacific|Agnes C. Laut
We read the names of all the clan Farintosh in the Morning Post, as attending these banquets.The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for clan
Word Origin for clan
Word Origin and History 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."