• WordNet 3.6
    • n clan group of people related by blood or marriage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted peoplewithout killing them used to burn their houses down - hence theexpression "toget fired."
    • Clan 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.""The whole clan of the enlightened among us."
    • Clan 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 ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The kilt was invented by a English gentleman who came to Scotland to open a factory because he got tired of his Scottish workers showing up in a long tunic with a belt (they couldn't afford pants). Rather than raise wages so they could afford pants he invented the kilt which is just a lot of fabric and they could afford that. The kilt did not become a symbol of clan pride until the English banned the kilt in Scotland. Then it became part of national pride to wear the newly invented clan plaids.
    • n clan A race; a family; a tribe; an association of persons under a chieftain; especially, such a family or tribe among the Highlanders of Scotland. The clan is a tribal form of social and political organization based upon kinship of the members. The chief features of the system are the leadership of a chief, regarded as representing a common ancestor, and the possession of land partly undivided as the common domain of the clan, and partly divided as the separate property of its members and their heirs, the clan being the heir of a member who dies leaving no son. It prevailed in early times in Germany and Ireland, and until recently in Scotland, and to some extent in other countries. Thus, among the Highlanders a clan consisted of the common descendants of the same progenitor, under the patriarchal control of a chief, who represented the common ancestor, and who was revered and served by the clansmen with the blind devotion of children. The clans did not, however, acknowledge the principle of primogeniture, often raising to the chiefship a brother or an uncle of a deceased chief. The name of the clan was generally that of the original progenitor with the prefix Mac (son). There are few traces of this institution now remaining.
    • n clan Figuratively, a clique, sect, set, society, or body of persons closely united by some common interest or pursuit, and supposed to have a spirit of exclusiveness toward others.
    • n clan Synonyms Tribe, Race, etc. See people.
    • n clan A social unit in a tribe in which descent is reckoned in the maternal line; a group of people supposed to be descended from a common ancestor, descent being reckoned in the female line. In this sense it is opposed to gens, the social unit in a tribe in which descent is reckoned in the paternal line.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clan klan a tribe or collection of families subject to a single chieftain, bearing the same surname, and supposed to have a common ancestor: a clique, sect: a collective name for a number of persons or things
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  • Jane Howard
    Jane Howard
    “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”
  • Peter Nicols
    Peter Nicols
    “Peace is no more than a dream as long as we need the comfort of the clan.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gael. clann, offspring, descendants; akin to Ir. clann, cland, offspring, tribe, family; perh. from L. plania, scion, slip, cutting. Cf. Plant (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gael. clann, offspring, tribe—L. planta, a shoot.


In literature:

But as every man is brother to all the sisters of his clan, he is husband to all the women of the other clans of his tribe.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
The British government decided that, once and for all, the power of the clans should be broken.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
The old men shall take you to the kiva where all the youth of the clan must be taught how to grow straight and think straight.
"The Flute of the Gods" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Their numbers constantly increase as other members of the clan come dashing in from all points of the compass.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
In finding a friend thou hast likewise found the bitter bread of the stranger and the slavery of the Frochard clan!
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
The Pueblos were well organized into clans, and descent in the female line was recognized.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
We don't requisition anything from individuals, or clans, or small settlements.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Thus did seven of the yottowas toil with their tale of the clan, But the eighth wrought with his lads, hid from the sight of man.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 14 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Our clan was Mataafa's clan, for whom I speak this day; therein was Tusitala also.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And yet I'm Hieland born, and when the clan pipes, who but me has to dance?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

May God
Heap up store for you, and may you
Have clan with store.
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum
If you did not wish to grow
I should be a sorry man;
I should think my boy was dull and slow,
Nor worthy of his clan.
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
My clan endured their kindred;
But foreigners they loathed,
And wandering folk, and minstrels,
And gypsies motley-clothed.
"The Cross-Current" by Abbie Farwell Brown
He lived among a working clan
(A wife he hadn't got at all),
A decent, steady, sober man -
No saint, however - not at all.
"Bob Polter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I saw him stand, a Polar man,
Cold anger in his frigid eye,
Facing it wild, unruly clan
Who poised their fiery shafts on high.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
A Lybian of this far fam'd clan,
Had dream'd his wife untrue,
And soon the madd'ning wretch began
His child with hate to view.
"The Serpents" by William Hayley

In news:

The National Archives of Scotland maintains the official register of plaid patterns known as "tartan" and their associated clans or groups in The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Wu-Tang Clan's RZA becomes film director for 'Man With the Iron Fists'.
Derek Schearer, former American Ambassador to Finland , and members of the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo clan who occupied the Orange Grove Boulevard estate for four generations.
Pierce Pettis, patriarch of growing musical clan, comes to Poor David's.
Much like the traditional "gathering of the clans," the funeral last week for Otis Brumby Jr was a gathering of this community and state's best and brightest that was extraordinary as it was unique.
She's a friend to the Kardashian clan and has been the face of morning news in L.A.
Clan slips past Grand Canyon as unexpected men's soccer journey heads to Elite Eight.
2001 Artist: Wu-Tang Clan Album: The W. Frankie Robinson Midday Mon.
The Clan dropped a 3-1 decision to the Saginaw Valley Cardinals in the NCAA Division II Final Four semifinal in Evans, Ga.
Since the launch of The Beverly Hillbillies (in 1962), there have been seven US recessions and the latest, "great recession," would have likely sent Jethro and his "clan packin' back to the hills.
Wu-Tang Clan Fog Out House of Blues.
Meet the newest member of the Colthorp clan-- Ed.
The Kardashians are definitely a fan of jungle fever, as am I, and it seem to be rubbing off onto the Jenner clan, as well.
Oprah interviews Kardashian- Jenner clan Sunday.
As winter tightens its grip, it is a challenge for creatures across the globe to stay warm but a family of monkeys are keeping a tight hold on each other to battle extreme blizzards, and has adorable photos of the cuddly clan.

In science:

What is interesting to point out is that clan structure analysis decouples the g → g + g vertex from the q → q + g vertex and that 1/k is here just their ratio.
Clan concept in multiparticle dynamics and the NB ``enigma''
This study concerns: a. clans and compound Poisson distributions11 ; b. clans and hierarchical correlation functions12 .
Clan concept in multiparticle dynamics and the NB ``enigma''
Since by definition each g-clan contains at least one particle the condition G′ (z ; ∆y )|z=0 = 0 has to be imposed.
Clan concept in multiparticle dynamics and the NB ``enigma''
Accordingly clan concept is more general than NB multiplicity distribution, whose wide occurrence in final particle multiplicity distributions justified its first introduction.
Clan concept in multiparticle dynamics and the NB ``enigma''
In addition a simple relation exists for any CPD among the probability P0 (∆y ) to detect no particle in a given rapidity interval ∆y and the average number of generalized clan, ¯Ng , i.e.
Clan concept in multiparticle dynamics and the NB ``enigma''