Ku Klux Klan

\ ˈkü-ˈkləks-ˈklan How to pronounce Ku Klux Klan (audio) also ˈkyü- or ˈklü- \

Definition of Ku Klux Klan

1 : a violent secret fraternal society founded in 1915 in Georgia to maintain white Protestant cultural and political power also : any one of more than 20 hate (see hate entry 1 sense 1c) groups that associate themselves with the Ku Klux Klan
2 : a violent post-Civil War secret society founded in Tennessee in 1866 to upend the Black political and social power that was being established during Reconstruction

Note: This Ku Klux Klan had largely dissolved by the end of the 1870s.

First Known Use of Ku Klux Klan

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Ku Klux Klan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ku%20Klux%20Klan. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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