Adjective "clan" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A close-knit group of interrelated families, especially in the Scottish Highlands.
  1. 'civil strife has followed as rival clans jockey for power'
  2. 'However, these villages' customary landowner clans refused the dam's construction, outlining several reasons.'
  3. 'Where I'm from, my family had to hide from rival Somalia clans.'
  4. 'Land ownership was nonexistant in the Arabian desert, instead there was collective control over the oases, pastures, and wells, and mostly the stronger clans controlled the best territories.'
  5. 'The Scottish have used tartan patterns for centuries to identify the clan, family or regiment with which the wearer is associated.'
  6. 'The Tang Dynasty appointed local clan chieftains to govern for them.'
  7. 'Persons with different surnames may share a common clan name, revealing a relationship along the lineage.'
  8. 'Formal education used to be of little significance among ruling and landowning Rajput clans.'
  9. 'Outside the immediate family, the lineage and the clan are the most common descent groups.'
  10. 'Other Rajput clans trace their ancestry to the Sun or Moon.'
  11. 'Tartan ties, scarves and even a map of the Scottish clans filled the window of the shop.'
  12. 'The whole family will be reunited in Marbella next week when the Masterson clan gathers in the villa.'
  13. 'So when the extended clan gathers for the twins' eightieth birthday it is a necessarily complex arrangement.'
  14. 'Romeo and Juliet had the visible force of warring clans to defeat their love.'
  15. 'Each clan has its own little internal idiosyncrasies.'
  16. 'I'm not alone in my interest in the Osbourne clan.'
  17. 'Yet he has his own life, and it remains uncertain whether he will attend the next big Mortimer clan gathering in Long Island this Christmas.'
  18. 'At least it has a classic story line - the offspring of two feuding clans falling in love and taking on the world together.'
  19. 'This member of the Miller clan had no interest in seeing the view from his cousins' perspective.'
  20. 'Often it's a matter of conflicting interests with no resolution at a higher level than the interests - warring clans, greedy industries.'
  21. 'Yes, Elinor is the eccentric one of our little clan.'

More definitions

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

2. a group of people of common descent; family: Our whole clan got together for Thanksgiving.

3. a group of people, as a clique, set, society, or party, especially as united by some common trait, characteristic, or interest: a clan of actors and directors.

4. Anthropology. the principal social unit of tribal organization, in which

More examples(as adjective)

"rivalries can be clan."

"oppositions can be clan."

"militias can be clan."

"groups can be clan."

"divisions can be clan."

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Late Middle English: from Scottish Gaelic clann ‘offspring, family’, from Old Irish cland, from Latin planta ‘sprout’.