Definition of phratry
1 : a kinship group forming a subdivision of a Greek phyle
2 : a tribal subdivision; specifically : an exogamous group typically comprising several totemic clans
Origin of phratry
Greek phratria, from phratēr member of the same clan, member of a phratry — more at brother
First Known Use: 1833
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