browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
clan

more about clan

clan


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clan  \Clan\,  n.  [Gael.  clann  offspring,  descendants;  akin  to  Ir 
  clann,  cland,  offspring,  tribe,  family;  perh.  from  L.  plania 
  scion,  slip,  cutting.  Cf  {Plant},  n.] 
  1.  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. 
  ``I  have  marshaled  my  clan.''  --Campbell. 
 
  2.  A  clique;  a  sect,  society,  or  body  of  persons;  esp.,  a 
  body  of  persons  united  by  some  common  interest  or  pursuit; 
  --  sometimes  used  contemptuously. 
 
  Partidge  and  the  rest  of  his  clan  may  hoot  me 
  --Smolett. 
 
  The  whole  clan  of  the  enlightened  among  us  --Burke. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  clan 
  n  :  group  of  people  related  by  blood  or  marriage  [syn:  {kin},  {kin 
  group},  {kinship  group},  {kindred},  {tribe}] 




more about clan