Definition of clan
- the MacDonald clan
- The whole clan gets together for the holidays.
- the country club clan
The tribe is divided into clans.
The whole clan gets together for the holidays.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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