- 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 clanless
Historical Examples of clanless
For only a clanless one would think of speaking other than the truth.
A little guy named Donald Michaels had been disguised as a clanless mat maker.
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."