noun, plural gen·tes [jen-teez] /ˈdʒɛn tiz/.
Origin of gens
Examples from the Web for gens
Fifteen thousand Ojibwas divided equally among twenty-three gentes would give six hundred and fifty persons to a gens.
Descent, inheritance and the prohibition of intermarriage in the gens, are the same as among the Minnitarees.
In passing through one city they were stopped by an officer of gens d'armes, who demanded the requisite papers.Great Singers, First Series|George T. Ferris
Jefferson Davis carried out his determination to appoint an officer superior in rank to both Gens.The Struggle for Missouri|John McElroy
As the unit of the organic social system, the gens would naturally become the centre of social life and activity.
British Dictionary definitions for gens
noun plural gentes (ˈdʒɛntiːz)
Word Origin for gens
Word Origin and History for gens
1847, in reference to ancient Rome, "tribe, clan, house (of families having a name and certain religious rites in common and a presumed common origin)," from Latin gens (genitive gentis) "race, clan, nation" (see genus).