Definitions for tribetraɪb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any aggregate of people united by ties of descent from a common ancestor, community of customs and traditions, adherence to the same leaders, etc.

    Category: Anthropology

  2. a local division of an aboriginal people.

    Category: Anthropology

  3. a category in the classification of organisms usu. between a subfamily and a genus. any group of plants or animals. a group of animals, esp. cattle, descended through the female line from a common female ancestor.

    Category: Biology, Genetics, Animal Husbandry

  4. a company, group, or set of persons, esp. one with strong common traits or interests.

  5. a large family.

  6. (in ancient Rome) any one of three divisions of the people representing the Latin, Sabine, and Etruscan settlements. one of the later political divisions of the people, reaching a total of 35 in number.

    Category: Ancient History, Antiquities

  7. a phyle of ancient Greece.

    Category: Ancient History, Antiquities

Origin of tribe:

1200–50; ME < L tribus tribe, orig., each of the three divisions of the Roman people

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tribe, folk(noun)

    a social division of (usually preliterate) people

  2. tribe, federation of tribes(noun)

    a federation (as of American Indians)

  3. tribe(noun)

    (biology) a taxonomic category between a genus and a subfamily

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

    group of people related by blood or marriage

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tribe(noun)ɪb

    a group of people of the same ethnic group living together in an area

    an Amazonian tribe


  1. tribe(Noun)

    A socially, ethnically, and politically cohesive group of people.

  2. tribe(Noun)

    A society larger than a band but smaller than a state.

  3. tribe(Noun)

    The collective noun for various animals.

  4. tribe(Noun)

    A hierarchal rank between family and genus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tribe(noun)

    a family, race, or series of generations, descending from the same progenitor, and kept distinct, as in the case of the twelve tribes of Israel, descended from the twelve sons of Jacob

  2. Tribe(noun)

    a number of species or genera having certain structural characteristics in common; as, a tribe of plants; a tribe of animals

  3. Tribe(noun)

    a nation of savages or uncivilized people; a body of rude people united under one leader or government; as, the tribes of the Six Nations; the Seneca tribe

  4. Tribe(noun)

    a division, class, or distinct portion of a people, from whatever cause that distinction may have originated; as, the city of Athens was divided into ten tribes

  5. Tribe(noun)

    a family of animals descended from some particular female progenitor, through the female line; as, the Duchess tribe of shorthorns

  6. Tribe(verb)

    to distribute into tribes or classes


  1. Tribe

    A tribe is viewed, historically or developmentally, as a social group existing before the development of, or outside of, states. Many anthropologists used the term tribal society to refer to societies organized largely on the basis of kinship, especially corporate descent groups. Traditional genealogy defines tribes as groups who have common blood relations. Some political economy theorists such as Elman Service hold that tribes represent a stage in social evolution intermediate between bands and states. Other theorists, such as Morton Fried, argue that tribes developed after, and must be understood in terms of their relationship to, states. 'Tribe' is a contested term due to its roots in colonial anthropological foundations and the connotations that these hierarchical definitions have negative connotations. To avoid these implications, some have chosen to use the terms 'ethnic group', or nation instead.


  1. Tribe

    Tribe is a social network started in the San Francisco bay area.Tribe is similar to social networks like Facebook and MySpace, but allows users to create their own personal networks with other users; forming “tribes.” Anyone may register as a new tribe user, and may then define their immediate network of friends, either by choosing from existing members or by inviting new members to join. Each of these users may in turn define their own network of friends.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tribe' in Nouns Frequency: #2467

Anagrams of tribe

  1. biter, rebit, Tiber

Translations for tribe

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a race of people, or a family, who are all descended from the same ancestor

the tribes of Israel.

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