gens

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noun \ˈjenz, ˈgen(t)s\

Definition of gens

plural

gentes

play play \ˈjen-ˌtēz, ˈgen-ˌtās\
  1. 1 :  a Roman clan embracing the families of the same stock in the male line with the members having a common name and worshipping a common ancestor

  2. 2 :  clan; especially :  a patrilineal clan

  3. 3 :  a distinguishable group of related organisms

Origin and Etymology of gens

borrowed from Latin gent-, gens literally, “group of the same ancestry, people, nation,” going back to Indo-European *ǵenh1-ti- “offspring,” derivative of *ǵenh1- “engender, be born” — more at 1kin


First Known Use: 1846

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