- 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 interclan
Historical Examples of interclan
The decrease, if the two estimates are correct, is probably due to intertribal and interclan wars.
Interclan relations have been comparatively peaceful since the establishment of the special government in the Agsan Valley.
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."