noun \ˈtrīb\

: a group of people that includes many families and relatives who have the same language, customs, and beliefs

: a large family

: a group of people who have the same job or interest

Full Definition of TRIBE

a :  a social group comprising numerous families, clans, or generations together with slaves, dependents, or adopted strangers
b :  a political division of the Roman people originally representing one of the three original tribes of ancient Rome
c :  phyle
:  a group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest
:  a category of taxonomic classification ranking below a subfamily; also :  a natural group irrespective of taxonomic rank <the cat tribe> <the rose tribe>

Examples of TRIBE

  1. a tribe of artists with wild hair and casual manners
  2. <the wedding joined the two tribes together>

Origin of TRIBE

Middle English, from Latin tribus, a division of the Roman people, tribe
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt

Rhymes with TRIBE

TRIBES Defined for Kids


noun \ˈtrīb\

Definition of TRIBE for Kids

:  a group of people including many families, clans, or generations <an American Indian tribe>
:  a group of people who are of the same kind or have the same occupation or interest
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈtrīb\

Medical Definition of TRIBE

:  a category of taxonomic classification sometimes equivalent to or ranking just below a suborder but more commonly ranking below a subfamily


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