tribe: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (trīb), [key]
— n.
  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.
  2. a local division of an aboriginal people.
  3. a division of some other people.
  4. a class or type of animals, plants, articles, or the like.
  5. a group of animals, esp. cattle, descended through the female line from a common female ancestor.
    1. a category in the classification of organisms usually between a subfamily and a genus or sometimes between a suborder and a family.
    2. any group of plants or animals.
  6. a company, group, or number of persons.
  7. a class or set of persons, esp. one with strong common traits or interests.
  8. a large family.
    1. any one of three divisions of the people representing the Latin, Sabine, and Etruscan settlements.
    2. any of the later political divisions of the people.
  9. a phyle.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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