phy·​le | \ ˈfī-(ˌ)lē How to pronounce phyle (audio) \
plural phylae\ ˈfī-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce phyle (audio) \

Definition of phyle

: the largest political subdivision among the ancient Athenians

Examples of phyle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some have promiscuously accused the red phyle of hate speech and white supremacy, rendering the terms less powerful when required to describe the real thing. Michael Gerson, Alaska Dispatch News, "Better angels get bum’s rush as America devolves to red versus blue," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of phyle

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phyle

Greek phylē tribe, phyle

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“Phyle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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