clans·​man | \ ˈklanz-mən How to pronounce clansman (audio) \

Definition of clansman

: a member of a clan

Examples of clansman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then again, Christopher Lambert doesn't exactly sell his lead role as a Scottish clansman. Clark Collis,, 31 Oct. 2020 When one of Shade’s clansmen sleeps with a woman from another tribe, Shade is called upon to avenge the curse this affair will wreak on his people. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2019 Thousands of spectators attend the yearly event where clansmen test each other’s prowess in various competitions, including bagpiping, drumming, highland dancing and sheep dog trials. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2019 About 10,000 people gather for the event, in which clansmen compete in various competitions, including bagpiping, drumming, highland dancing, athletics and sheep dog trials. Lisa Deaderick,, 22 June 2018 The design, which depicts two giants, the Taku River, clansmen, a bear holding a shield, the sun, a wolf and more, is starting to take shape. Alex Mccarthy, The Seattle Times, 16 Dec. 2017 But unbeknownst to Claire, Jamie did in fact survive the Battle of Culloden while most of his Highlander clansmen did not. Sydney Bucksbaum, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Sep. 2017 And in addition to physical threats, Jamie has to face the trauma of losing Claire, and nearly all of his clansmen. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2017 By marshaling the support of fellow clansmen and other donors, the project drew support from as far away as the United States and Britain, providing crucial food and water to nearly 1,000 families. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'clansman.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of clansman

1810, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About clansman

Time Traveler for clansman

Time Traveler

The first known use of clansman was in 1810

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near clansman




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for clansman

Cite this Entry

“Clansman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for clansman



English Language Learners Definition of clansman

: a person (especially a man) who is a member of a clan (sense 1)

More from Merriam-Webster on clansman

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for clansman


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!