Definition of clan
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 : a group united by a common interest or common characteristics the country club clan
Examples of clan in a Sentence
The tribe is divided into clans.
The whole clan gets together for the holidays.
Recent Examples of clan from the Web
A warning, though: Demonstrating this with the clan onboard will lead to carsickness.
Most of the land here is customarily held, fiercely protected by clan leaders who know the boundaries and can apprehend trespassers.
The pole’s top figure represents the family’s clan, the Eagle, or Laxskiik, of the Tsimshian Nation.
When the momma duck and clan escaped into the water, Charlie dogmatically followed.
In the early Middle Ages, when Venice was a mere collection of primitive lagoon communities banded together for protection against the Huns and other invaders, men of the Brandolini d’Adda clan were among the fierce condottieri—
Police arrested Giuseppe Giorgi early Friday in a bunker inside his home in San Luca, the base of some of the most notorious clans of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta mob.
Led by members of the city's Maute clan, the group has become increasingly active across Lanao del Sur province, where Marawi is located, and has been instrumental in the fighting this past week. _
Led by members of the city's Maute clan, the group has become increasingly active across Lanao del Sur province, where Marawi is located, and has been instrumental in the fighting this past week.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
CLAN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of clan for Students
1 : a group (as in the Scottish Highlands) made up of households whose heads claim to have a common ancestor
2 : a large family
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