noun clan·ship \-nˌship\

Definition of clanship



  1. 1a :  the clan system the clanship of the Highlands b :  the state of belonging to a clan to reckon clanship by matrilineal descent

  2. 2 :  a tendency to stick together :  clannish spirit the clanship of mountain climbers

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