- a category in the classification of organisms usually between a subfamily and a genus or sometimes between a suborder and a family.
- any group of plants or animals.
- any one of three divisions of the people representing the Latin, Sabine, and Etruscan settlements.
- any of the later political divisions of the people.
Origin of tribe
Examples from the Web for tribe
“The tribe is really made of people who put travel as a priority in their entire lifestyle,” says Evita.
A running joke inside the tribe is that the group is like that club with a hundred people waiting outside to get in.
Tiger Lily and her tribe, however, were outfitted in semi-realistic outfits (read: nearly naked).‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life|Kevin Fallon|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the bill failed in the Senate, a pigtailed member of the Lakota Sioux tribe stood up in the gallery and began chanting.Keystone Senate Failure Is Environmental Kabuki Theater|Ben Jacobs|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They agreed to let McKell and Moss join their tribe for a few days.
The shields varied in form and material from tribe to tribe.Homer and His Age|Andrew Lang
While it was for this tribe that the agency at Fort Snelling was established, yet the Chippewas often frequented its headquarters.Old Fort Snelling|Marcus L. Hansen
Had she desired she might have remained and resumed an easy life with her tribe.Whitman's Ride Through Savage Lands|Oliver Woodson Nixon
When old Katasha exerted herself it behooved all the daughters of her tribe to be in attendance.The Sun Maid|Evelyn Raymond
He went to Washington to plead for the tribe, and returning, left his wigwam among the Indians after a time, and went to Texas.Tenting on the Plains|Elizabeth B. Custer
British Dictionary definitions for tribe
- any of the three divisions of the ancient Romans, the Latins, Sabines, and Etruscans
- one of the later political divisions of the Roman people
- any of the 12 divisions of ancient Israel, each of which was named after and believed to be descended from one of the 12 patriarchs
- a phyle of ancient Greece
- a large number of persons, animals, etc
- a specific class or group of persons
- a family, esp a large one
Word Origin for tribe
Word Origin and History for tribe
mid-13c., "one of the twelve divisions of the ancient Hebrews," from Old French tribu, from Latin tribus "one of the three political/ethnic divisions of the original Roman state" (Tites, Ramnes, and Luceres, corresponding, perhaps, to the Latins, Sabines, and Etruscans), later, one of the 30 political divisions instituted by Servius Tullius (increased to 35 in 241 B.C.E.), perhaps from tri- "three" + *bhu-, root of the verb be. Others connect the word with the root of Welsh tref "town, inhabited place."
In the Biblical sense, which was the original one in English, the Latin word translates Greek phyle "race or tribe of men, body of men united by ties of blood and descent, a clan" (see physic). Extension to any ethnic group or race of people is first recorded 1590s.