tribal

[ trahy-buh l ]
/ ˈtraɪ bəl /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of a tribe: tribal customs.

Nearby words

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  2. trib.,
  3. tribade,
  4. tribadic,
  5. tribadism,
  6. tribalism,
  7. tribally,
  8. tribasic,
  9. tribasic sodium phosphate,
  10. tribe

Origin of tribal

First recorded in 1625–35; tribe + -al1

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for tribal

tribal

/ (ˈtraɪbəl) /

adjective

of or denoting a tribe or tribestribal chiefs in northern Yemen
displaying loyalty to a tribe, group, or tribal valuesthe tribal loyalties of Labour MPs
Derived Formstribally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for tribal

tribal

adj.

1630s, "pertaining to tribes," from tribe + -al (1). Related: Tribally Meaning "characterized by a strong sense of loyalty to one's group" is from 1951 (Arendt). As a style of belly-dance from 1999, American English.

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