tribe

noun
\ˈtrīb \

Definition of tribe 

1a : a social group comprising numerous families, clans, or generations together with slaves, dependents, or adopted strangers

b : a political division of the Roman people originally representing one of the three original tribes of ancient Rome

c : phyle

2 : a group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest

3 : a category of taxonomic classification ranking below a subfamily also : a natural group irrespective of taxonomic rank the cat tribe the rose tribe

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Examples of tribe in a Sentence

a tribe of artists with wild hair and casual manners the wedding joined the two tribes together

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Then, when the roads disappear, you're met not with horses, but with reindeer, which will cart you three hours to your final destination: an Airbnb tepee with your hosts, Otgonbayar and Zorigt, members of the nomadic Dukha tribe. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "You'll Need a Reindeer to Get to This Airbnb in Mongolia," 19 Nov. 2018 In the mythology of the Kwakiutl tribe that once heavily populated the western coast of British Columbia, Dzunukwa is a big, hairy female that lives deep in the mountainous forests. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Science Meets Legend: The Story of Our Search for Bigfoot," 8 Oct. 2018 What the pupil needs to learn is the dialect of a tribe. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Gus Van Sant’s Semi-Surreal “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”," 13 July 2018 Tourism is the lifeblood of the tribe’s economy, with many residents making a living by working in the area’s lodge, cafe and small store, or packing camping gear onto the backs of mules headed up and down an eight-mile trail. Washington Post, "Flooding forces 200 evacuations near Grand Canyon waterfalls," 12 July 2018 The camping and hiking permits are one of the tribe’s few sources of revenue, and help ensure that Beaver Falls stays protected. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, "Sacred Native American Sites Are Not Your Playgrounds," 5 July 2018 Oklahoma countered that Congress’s intent to extinguish those lands is clear from its overall treatment of the tribe. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "What the New Supreme Court Will Decide," 29 June 2018 Dolores slips into a loop, and in response Arnold slips into his, mentally kicking her out of the tribe. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018 Deb Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, won her party's primary in the first congressional district Tuesday night. USA TODAY, "Deb Haaland from New Mexico on track to become first Native American congresswoman," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of tribe

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tribe

Middle English, from Latin tribus, a division of the Roman people, tribe

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Tribeca

tribeless

tribelet

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tribe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tribe

: a group of people that includes many families and relatives who have the same language, customs, and beliefs

: a large family

: a group of people who have the same job or interest

tribe

noun
\ˈtrīb \

Kids Definition of tribe

1 : a group of people including many families, clans, or generations an American Indian tribe

2 : a group of people who are of the same kind or have the same occupation or interest

tribe

noun
\ˈtrīb \

Medical Definition of tribe 

: a category of taxonomic classification sometimes equivalent to or ranking just below a suborder but more commonly ranking below a subfamily

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