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
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 of clannish from the Web
That in-on-the-joke mentality, as well as the clannish nature of streetwear cool, has created a decades-long frenzy surrounding Supreme’s weekly releases.
At the same time, millennia of dynastic rule have taught the Chinese a thing or two about the tribal tendencies of the ruling class, as well as about clannish behavior at all levels of society.
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First Known Use of clannish
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Definition of clannish for English Language Learners
: not showing interest in people who are not part of your group or who are not similar to you
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