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 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
The tribe is divided into clans.
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
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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