Pronunciation Noun

clan (plural clans)

  1. (anthropology) A group of people all descended from a common ancestor, in fact or belief.
  2. A traditional social group of families in the Scottish Highlands having a common hereditary chieftain
  3. Any association of people behaving clannishly, including one's immediate family.
    • 1923, P.G. Wodehouse, The Inimitable Jeeves:
      As a rule, you see, I'm not lugged into Family Rows. On the occasions when Aunt is calling to Aunt like mastodons bellowing across primeval swamps and Uncle James's letter about Cousin Mabel's peculiar behaviour is being shot round the family circle... the clan has a tendency to ignore me.
  4. (video games) A group of players who habitually play on the same team in multiplayer games.
  5. A badger colony.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: клан

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