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

Examples of subtribe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now there are photos The study is the culmination of more than a decade’s worth of work studying butterflies within Euptychiina, the diverse taxonomic subtribe to which the Saurona genus belongs, according to a news release. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 12 May 2023 Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative reporter from Azerbaijan, is an icon among the subtribe of journalists who work to expose cross-border financial corruption. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 25 July 2021

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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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“Subtribe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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