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

Definition of clansman

: a member of a clan

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Author behind 'Schindler's List' falters with overwrought 'Science and Antiquities'," 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, "Scottish Highland Games celebrate ancestry, cultural roots," 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,, "Top weekend events: Vans Warped Tour, San Diego International Fringe Festival, 'Avenue Q'," 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, "Healing totem pole features animals, river, Tlingit clansmen," 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, "'Outlander' Cast, Producers Break Down That Shockingly Emotional Premiere Death," 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, "'Outlander' Season 3: What's in store for Claire and Jamie?," 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, "In drought-stricken Somaliland, age-old challenges meet WhatsApp," 27 July 2017 The forefathers, the clansmen, the brothers are ours. Nick Makoha, New York Times, "From the King," 14 July 2017

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1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Clansman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clansman

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

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