noun, plural phra·tries.

a grouping of clans or other social units within a tribe.
(in ancient Greece) a subdivision of a phyle.

Origin of phratry

1745–55; < Greek phrātría, equivalent to phrātr-, stem of phrātḗr clansman (akin to brother) + -ia -y3
Related formsphra·tric, phra·tral, phra·tri·ac, phra·tri·al, adjectivesub·phra·try, noun, plural sub·phra·tries. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -tries

anthropol a group of people within a tribe who have a common ancestor
Derived Formsphratric, adjective

Word Origin for phratry

C19: from Greek phratria clan, from phratēr fellow clansman; compare Latin frāter brother
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