clannish

adjective
clan·​nish | \ ˈkla-nish How to pronounce clannish (audio) \

Definition of clannish

1 : of or relating to a clan clannish traditions
2 : tending to associate only with a select group of similar background or status a clannish community

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Other Words from clannish

clannishly adverb
clannishness noun

Examples of clannish in a Sentence

The college faculty can be pretty clannish, so it's difficult to be an outsider there. a clannish family that can be rather cool to outsiders
Recent Examples on the Web The mine companies did, however, pour funding into excellent schools, hospitals, and other infrastructure, and Ely’s mix of clannish immigrants implanted a lasting culture of saunas and stable family life. Jack Brook, The Christian Science Monitor, "Conservation vs. copper: Minnesota town debates its future with a mine," 2 July 2020 For much of the world, Mr. Varadkar is a symbol of Ireland’s leap from its clannish, Catholic past to a tolerant, multiracial modernity. Mark Landler, New York Times, "For the Irish, Varadkar May Have Won Brexit, but He Lost the War at Home," 6 Feb. 2020 This clannish pocket of Roseland was packed with first- and second- generation homeowners willing to lend a hand with parenting responsibilities, especially to struggling neighbors. Madeline Buckley, chicagotribune.com, "11-year-old ‘Yummy’ Sandifer was on the run for killing a teenage girl. Then he was killed by his own gang in a Chicago story that shocked the nation 25 years ago.," 29 Aug. 2019 The Oulipo, a diverse if clannish guild that has somehow managed to survive for fifty-eight years, has included both major writers and pedantic hobbyists, and inspired work along the entire range of its members’ capabilities. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, "A Crew of Variegated Weirdos," 10 Jan. 2019 They were drawn as lazy, clannish, unclean, drunken brawlers who wallowed in crime and bred like rats. Michael Harriot, The Root, "When the Irish Weren’t White," 17 Mar. 2018 The Oulipo, a diverse if clannish guild that has somehow managed to survive for fifty-eight years, has included both major writers and pedantic hobbyists, and inspired work along the entire range of its members’ capabilities. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, "A Crew of Variegated Weirdos," 10 Jan. 2019 At a time when music has become a clannish activity, the age range, from teens to octogenarian and possibly beyond, was exceptional. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "The ecstasy of Julius Eastman's ‘Femenine,’ and how angst and anger turn to beauty and grace," 23 May 2018 They were drawn as lazy, clannish, unclean, drunken brawlers who wallowed in crime and bred like rats. Michael Harriot, The Root, "When the Irish Weren’t White," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of clannish

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clannish was in 1776

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“Clannish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clannish. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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clannish

adjective
How to pronounce clannish (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of clannish

often disapproving : not showing interest in people who are not part of your group or who are not similar to you

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