phy·​le ˈfī-(ˌ)lē How to pronounce phyle (audio)
plural phylae ˈfī-(ˌ)lē How to pronounce phyle (audio)
: the largest political subdivision among the ancient Athenians

Examples of phyle in a Sentence

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Word History


Greek phylē tribe, phyle

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phyle was in 1851

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“Phyle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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