tribe

noun \ ˈtrīb \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of tribe

1 a : 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

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

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Origin and Etymology of tribe

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

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TRIBE Defined for English Language Learners

tribe

noun

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

noun \ ˈtrīb \

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 Dictionary

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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