noun \ˈfrā-trē\
plural phratries

Definition of PHRATRY

:  a kinship group forming a subdivision of a Greek phyle
:  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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In ancient Greece, tribal subdivisions of households or families claiming a common kin relation. At the apex of each phratry were aristocratic clans that had certain hereditary rights, such as the right to hold priestly offices. Both phratries and clans were patrilineal. The Athenian phratry is well known. Every native Athenian male belonged to a phratry; they were concerned with such matters as legitimacy of descent and inheritance.


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