tribe

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noun \ˈtrīb\

Definition of tribe

  1. 1a :  a social group comprising numerous families, clans, or generations together with slaves, dependents, or adopted strangersb :  a political division of the Roman people originally representing one of the three original tribes of ancient Romec :  phyle

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

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

Examples of tribe in a sentence

  1. a tribe of artists with wild hair and casual manners

  2. <the wedding joined the two tribes together>

Origin and Etymology of tribe

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


First Known Use: 13th century

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TRIBE Defined for English Language Learners

tribe

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noun \ˈtrīb\

Definition of tribe for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

tribe

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noun \ˈtrīb\

Definition of tribe for Students

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

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


Medical Dictionary

tribe

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noun \ˈtrīb\

Medical Definition of tribe

  1. :  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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