clan

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noun \ˈklan\

Definition of clan

  1. 1a :  a Celtic group especially in the Scottish Highlands comprising a number of households whose heads claim descent from a common ancestor the MacDonald clanb :  a group of people tracing descent from a common ancestor :  family The whole clan gets together for the holidays.

  2. 2 :  a group united by a common interest or common characteristics the country club clan

Examples of clan in a Sentence

  1. The tribe is divided into clans.

  2. The whole clan gets together for the holidays.

Origin and Etymology of clan

Middle English, from Scottish Gaelic clann offspring, clan, from Old Irish cland plant, offspring, from Latin planta plant


First Known Use: 15th century

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CLAN Defined for English Language Learners

clan

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noun \ˈklan\

Definition of clan for English Language Learners

  • : a large group of people who are related

  • : a large family

  • : a group of people who are similar or who are interested in the same thing


CLAN Defined for Kids

clan

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noun \ˈklan\

Definition of clan for Students

  1. 1 :  a group (as in the Scottish Highlands) made up of households whose heads claim to have a common ancestor

  2. 2 :  a large family



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