Definitions for CLANklæn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

clanklæn(n.)

  1. a group of families or households among the Scottish Highlanders, the heads of which claim descent from a common ancestor.

  2. a group of people of common descent; family:

    Our whole clan gathers for Thanksgiving.

  3. a clique, party, or other group united by some common interest.

Origin of clan:

1375–1425; late ME (Scots) < ScotGael clann, OIr cland offspring < L planta scion, plant

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kin, kin group, kinship group, kindred, clan, tribe(noun)

    group of people related by blood or marriage

Wiktionary

  1. clan(Noun)

    A group of people all descended from a common ancestor, in fact or belief.

  2. clan(Noun)

    A traditional social group of families in the Scottish Highlands having a common hereditary chieftain

  3. clan(Noun)

    Any association of people behaving clannishly.

  4. clan(Noun)

    A group of players who habitually play on the same team in multiplayer games.

  5. Origin: From clann, from cland, from plant, from planta.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clan(noun)

    a tribe or collection of families, united under a chieftain, regarded as having the same common ancestor, and bearing the same surname; as, the clan of Macdonald

  2. Clan(noun)

    a clique; a sect, society, or body of persons; esp., a body of persons united by some common interest or pursuit; -- sometimes used contemptuously

Freebase

  1. Clan

    A clan is a group of people united by actual or perceived kinship and descent. Even if lineage details are unknown, clan members may be organized around a founding member or apical ancestor. The kinship-based bonds may be symbolical, whereby the clan shares a "stipulated" common ancestor that is a symbol of the clan's unity. When this ancestor is not human, it is referred to as an animalian totem. Clans can be most easily described as tribes or sub-groups of tribes. The word clan is derived from 'clann' meaning 'family' in the Irish and Scottish Gaelic languages. The word was taken into English about 1425 as a label for the tribal nature of Irish and Scottish Gaelic society. The Gaelic term for clan is fine. Clans preceded more centralized forms of community organization and government; they are located in every country. Members may identify with a coat of arms or other symbol to show they are an independent clan. In different cultures and situations, a clan may mean the same thing as other kin-based groups, such as tribes, castes, and bands. Often, the distinguishing factor is that a clan is a smaller part of a larger society such as a tribe, a chiefdom, or a state. Examples include Irish, Scottish, Chinese, Japanese clans, Rajput clans, Nair Clan or Malayala Kshatriya Clan in India and Pakistan, which exist as kin groups within their respective nations. Note, however, that tribes and bands can also be components of larger societies. However, the early Norse clans, the ætter, cannot be translated with tribe or band, and consequently they are often translated as house or line. The Biblical tribes of Israel were composed of many clans, Arab clans are small groups within Arab society. Ojibwa bands are smaller parts of the Ojibwa tribe or people in North America, as one example of the many Native American peoples distinguished by language and culture, most having clans and bands as the basic kinship organizations. In some cases more than one tribe recognized each other's clans; for instance, both the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes had fox and bear clans whose membership could supersede the tribe.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Clan

    a tribe of blood relations descended from a common ancestor, ranged under a chief in direct descent from him, and having a common surname, as in the Highlands of Scotland; at bottom a military organisation for defensive and predatory purposes.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

clan(noun)

a tribe or group of families (especially Scottish) under a single chief, usually all having one surname.

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