Definition of tribe
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 : 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
Examples of tribe in a Sentence
a tribe of artists with wild hair and casual manners
the wedding joined the two tribes together
Recent Examples of tribe from the Web
Today, soldiers are often asked to not only take and hold terrain, but also to bring together tribes and factions who share difficult ethnic and religious histories.
The occasion enabled a sportswriter to spend 24 hours playing anthropologist, examining an exotic tribe: the retired pro athlete who has moved—sometimes gracefully, sometimes uneasily—into middle age.
The tribe owns and operates three bingo casinos in the state, and no gaming activity is planned at the Foley site.
The tribe’s leaders have been working with federal and state officials to try to line up a new owner of the facility that could operate the plant beyond 2019, Touchin said.
Tribe manager Terry Francona indicated that the team would monitor Kluber's pitch count.
Four Sioux tribes in the Dakotas are still fighting in federal court in Washington, D.C., hoping to persuade a judge to shut down the line.
Across South Sudan, accounts of government soldiers killing civilians based on their tribe are driving the country deeper into despair.
The Quinault tribe disputed at least part of that account.
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Origin and Etymology of tribe
Middle English, from Latin tribus, a division of the Roman people, tribe
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
TRIBE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of tribe for Students
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
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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