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gens

[ jenz ]
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noun, plural gen·tes [jen-teez]. /ˈdʒɛn tiz/.
a group of families in ancient Rome claiming descent from a common ancestor and united by a common name and common ancestral religious rites.
Anthropology. a group tracing common descent in the male line; clan.
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Origin of gens

First recorded in 1840–50, gens is from the Latin word gēns race, people. See genus, gender1, gender2

OTHER WORDS FROM gens

subgens, noun, plural sub·gen·tes.
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British Dictionary definitions for gens

gens
/ (dʒɛnz) /

noun plural gentes (ˈdʒɛntiːz)
(in ancient Rome) any of a group of aristocratic families, having a common name and claiming descent from a common ancestor in the male line
anthropol a group based on descent in the male line

Word Origin for gens

C19: from Latin: race; compare genus, gender
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