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All of us grow up in particular realities - a home, family, a clan, a small town, a neighborhood. Depending upon how we're brought up, we are either deeply aware of the particular reading of reality into which we are born, or we are peripherally aware of it.
Chaim Potok

Meaning of "clan" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CLAN

From Scottish Gaelic clann family, descendants, from Latin planta sprout, plant1.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CLAN

clan  [klæn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CLAN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Clan is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES CLAN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

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 non-human, it is referred to as a totem, which is frequently an animal. Clans can be most easily described as tribes or sub-groups of tribes. The word clan is derived from clann meaning children or progeny but not family in the Irish language and Scottish Gaelic languages. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word was introduced into English around the year 1425 as a label for the tribal nature of the Scottish Highlands society. Clans in indigenous societies are likely to be exogamous, meaning that their members cannot marry one another. 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.

Definition of clan in the English dictionary

The first definition of clan in the dictionary is a group of people interrelated by ancestry or marriage. Other definition of clan is a group of families with a common surname and a common ancestor, acknowledging the same leader, esp among the Scots and the Irish. Clan is also a group of people united by common characteristics, aims, or interests.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CLAN


Catalan
ˈkætəˌlæn
Celan
ˈsɛlæn
flan
flæn
gamelan
ˈɡæmɪˌlæn
Klan
klæn
Milan
mɪˈlæn
plan
plæn
rataplan
ˌrætəˈplæn
replan
riːˈplæn
tolan
ˈtəʊlæn
xylan
ˈzaɪlæn
yulan
ˈjuːlæn

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CLAN

clamworm
Clancy
clandestine
clandestine entrant
clandestinely
clandestineness
clandestinity
clang
clang association
clanger
clangor
clangorous
clangorously
clangour
clanjamfray
clank
clankingly
clanky
clannish
clannishly

WORDS THAT END LIKE CLAN

action plan
Alan
Basilan
business plan
Dylan
Five-Year Plan
floor plan
Guatemalan
hallan
Macmillan
Magellan
master plan
McMillan
Nolan
open-plan
ortolan
raglan
ulan
Venezuelan
verlan

Synonyms and antonyms of clan in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CLAN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «clan» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of clan
ainga · band · brotherhood · cabal · circle · coterie · crew · crowd · faction · family · fraternity · gang · gens · group · house · order · race · schism · sept · set · society · sodality · tribe

Translation of «clan» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CLAN

Find out the translation of clan to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of clan from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «clan» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

家族
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

clan
570 millions of speakers

English

clan
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कबीले
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عشيرة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

клан
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

clã
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বংশ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

clan
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Klan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Clan
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

氏族
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

일가
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Klan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

gia tộc
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

குலத்தை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कुळ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

klan
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

clan
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

klan
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

клан
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

clan
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

clan
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

clan
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

klan
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

klanen
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of clan

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CLAN»

The term «clan» is very widely used and occupies the 8.567 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CLAN» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «clan» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «clan» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about clan

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10 QUOTES WITH «CLAN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word clan.
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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
Dictators, unlike Democrats, depend on a small coterie to sustain their power. These backers, generally drawn from the military, the senior civil service, and family or clan members, have a synergistic relationship with their dictator. The dictator delivers opportunities for them to become rich, and they protect him from being overthrown.
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Charles Eastman
Friendship is held to be the severest test of character. It is easy, we think, to be loyal to a family and clan, whose blood is in your own veins.
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Charles Eastman
The clan is nothing more than a larger family, with its patriarchal chief as the natural head, and the union of several clans by intermarriage and voluntary connection constitutes the tribe.
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Stanislav Grof
Dying people in pre-industrial cultures typically died in the context of an extended family, clan, or tribe.
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T. E. Lawrence
Men have looked upon the desert as barren land, the free holding of whoever chose; but in fact each hill and valley in it had a man who was its acknowledged owner and would quickly assert the right of his family or clan to it, against aggression.
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Jason Scott Lee
'Rapa Nui' is about the conflict in the 1600s on Easter Island. It's about the clash of the royal clan and the working class.
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Hugh Masekela
I grew up with protests, marches, demonstrations, struggle. But I come from a clan of community workers.
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Chaim Potok
All of us grow up in particular realities - a home, family, a clan, a small town, a neighborhood. Depending upon how we're brought up, we are either deeply aware of the particular reading of reality into which we are born, or we are peripherally aware of it.
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Julia Quinn
Last time I was in London, I visited Number 5, Bruton Street, which is the address I gave to Violet Bridgerton, the matriarch of the Bridgerton clan in my novels. It was a bit disconcerting to learn that it's actually a pub.
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John Thorn
In response to the challenge of strangers, sport arose as a sublimated representation of a community's armed might as well as its pride of place and clan.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CLAN»

Discover the use of clan in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to clan and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Clan of the Cave Bear (with Bonus Content): Earth's ...
This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content: • An exclusive preview chapter from Jean M. Auel’s The Land of Painted Caves, on sale in hardcover March 29, 2011 • An Earth’s Children® series ...
Jean M. Auel, 2010
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Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia
This book is a study of the role of clan networks in Central Asia from the early twentieth century through 2004.
Kathleen Collins, 2006
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A History of Clan Campbell: From Flodden to the Restoration
Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life offers a bold new assessment of the role of the domestic sphere in modernist literature, architecture, and design.
Alastair Campbell, Alastair Campbell Campbell of Airds, 2002
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Clan Apis
Provides information about the life cycle and environment of honeybees through the story of Nyuki, from the hive called Clan Apis, as she matures from a larva into an adult bee and takes on more responsibilities within her community.
Jay S Hosler, 2000
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The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip through Hip Hop's 36 ...
By delving into the motivation behind the creation of pivotal songs and albums and mining their dense metaphor and wordplay, the book provides an understanding of what made a team of nine friends and relatives from Staten Island with a love ...
Alvin Blanco, 2011
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The Thirteen Original Clan Mothers: Your Sacred Path to ...
Offers a visionary guide to self-knowledge, revealing the mysteries of the ancient female oral tradition.
Jamie Sams, 1994
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Modern Clan Politics: The Power of "Blood" in Kazakhstan and ...
Edward Schatz explores kin-based clan divisions in the post-Soviet state of Kazakhstan, demonstrating that, contrary to popular belief, kinship divisions do not fade from political life under modernity.
Edward Schatz, 2013
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The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social ...
A revealing look at the role kin-based societies have played throughout history and around the world A lively, wide-ranging meditation on human development that offers surprising lessons for the future of modern individualism, The Rule of ...
Mark S. Weiner, 2013
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Clan of the Goddess: Celtic Wisdom and Ritual for Women
Combining the enchantment of ancient magick with the playfulness of the Celtic spirit, Clan of the Goddess invites women to reclaim their feminine side and reconnect with the divine.
C. C. Brondwin, 2002
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The Clan Records: Five Stories of Korea
In these stories, too, Kajiyama avoided the temptation to soften the often brutal consequences of the inhumanity of the Japanese occupation.
Toshiyuki Kajiyama, Yoshiko Kurata Dykstra, 1995

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CLAN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term clan is used in the context of the following news items.
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Could the Wu-Tang Clan Bring Back RadioShack?
The struggling retailer emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April with its new parent company General Wireless co-running 1,700 of its ... «Entrepreneur, Jul 15»
2
'Sun God,' son of Wu-Tang Clan's 'Ghostface Killah,' busted on gun …
Dennis Ames, the son of Wu-Tang Clan founding member "Ghostface Killah," was arrested on gun charges Friday. Ames raps under the stage ... «SILive.com, Jul 15»
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Police shooting at Moonee Ponds linked to Williams crime clan
Victoria Police are examining links between the wounding of a young police officer in Moonee Ponds and a firebomb attack and drive-by ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jul 15»
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Members of the Abu Alkian Clan in Israel are Joining ISIS
The basic unit of organization is the clan, not the nation state. Now in the Bedouin village of Hura, recently adopted by the left as one of its ... «FrontPage Magazine, Jul 15»
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Need a 'CivMiner' Clan, or Need Members? Trade Clan Codes Here.
And if you've done so, then you might know that the clan system from CivCrafter is back. You can even import your clan from that game into ... «Touch Arcade, Jul 15»
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Stretch & Bobbito Release Wu-Tang Clan, Big L & Slick Rick …
Throughout the '90s, DJ Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito García held their weekly radio show from Columbia University's WKCR FM signal in New ... «HipHopDX, Jul 15»
7
Unused Shredder and Foot Clan designs for Teenage Mutant Ninja …
With the sequel currently in production, some new concept art of unused designs have come to light from last year's Teenage Mutant Ninja ... «Flickering Myth, Jul 15»
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July 7, 1966: Kennedy clan takes Jasper vacation
In the early evening the Kennedy clan, along with newspaper publisher Max Bell and his wife, and Toronto Telegram newspaper publisher ... «Edmonton Journal, Jul 15»
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Gloves signed by Evans clan donated to Peterborough and District …
The Boro Boys donated a pair of lacrosse gloves signed by the Evans family, including the late Mark Evans, to the Peterborough and District ... «Peterborough Examiner, Jul 15»
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Sunday's a day to shine for the Kurban clan at Sydney production of …
KEITH Urban and Nicole Kidman have given their daughters their first taste of stardom, with the siblings making an onstage cameo at the ... «The Daily Telegraph, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Clan [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/clan>. Aug 2019 ».
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