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tribal

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adjective trib·al \ˈtrī-bəl\

Definition of tribal

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a tribe tribal customs

tribally

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Examples of tribal in a Sentence

  1. a tribal solidarity that transcends all other loyalties or bonds

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First Known Use of tribal

1632


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tribal

noun trib·al

Definition of tribal

  1. :  a member of an aboriginal people of India —usually used in plural

First Known Use of tribal

1953


TRIBAL Defined for English Language Learners

tribal

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adjective

Definition of tribal for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a tribe or tribes


TRIBAL Defined for Kids

tribal

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adjective trib·al \ˈtrī-bəl\

Definition of tribal for Students

  1. :  relating to a tribe a tribal custom



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