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  1. a tribe having few members, especially one that is a component of a larger tribal organization.
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Origin of tribelet

First recorded in 1850–55; tribe + -let
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Examples from the Web for tribelet

Historical Examples

  • The next social group, larger than the family, was the tribelet.

    California Athabascan Groups

    Martin A. Baumhoff

  • He says the yu-e-yet-te ke-ah was the tribelet north of Chamise Creek.

  • This tribelet is the "sko-den ke-ah" of the Eel River Wailaki.

  • This is the name for the tribelet between the upper waters of Bull Cr.

  • This is given as the Mattole R. area, possibly a tribelet designation.