clan

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noun \ ˈklan \

Definition of clan

1 a :a Celtic group especially in the Scottish Highlands comprising a number of households whose heads claim descent from a common ancestor
  • the MacDonald clan
b :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

  1. The tribe is divided into clans.

  2. The whole clan gets together for the holidays.

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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

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CLAN Defined for English Language Learners

clan

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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 :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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