subtribe

noun sub·tribe \ ˈsəb-ˌtrīb \
variants: or sub-tribe
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of subtribe

plural subtribes or sub-tribes
: a tribe that is part of a larger tribe
  • According to tradition the Arapaho were formerly composed of five subtribes, or bands …
  • —Barbara A. Leitch

First Known Use of subtribe

1823

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