sub·​tribe ˈsəb-ˌtrīb How to pronounce subtribe (audio)
variants or sub-tribe
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

Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subtribe was in 1823

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Cite this Entry

“Subtribe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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