• WordNet 3.6
    • n tribe group of people related by blood or marriage
    • n tribe (biology) a taxonomic category between a genus and a subfamily
    • n tribe a federation (as of American Indians)
    • n tribe a social division of (usually preliterate) people
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Chief. Head of tribe. Absaroka Chief. Head of tribe. Absaroka
Chief. Head of tribe. Pai-Ute Chief. Head of tribe. Pai-Ute
A WOMAN OF THRACE, OF THE SHÔP TRIBE, AND OF MACEDONIA The Shôps inhabit the Mountain District of Sofia A WOMAN OF THRACE, OF THE SHÔP TRIBE, AND OF MACEDONIA The Shôps inhabit the Mountain District of Sofia

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some African tribes refer to themselves as "motherhoods" instead of families
    • Tribe A division, class, or distinct portion of a people, from whatever cause that distinction may have originated; as, the city of Athens was divided into ten tribes .
    • Tribe (Stock Breeding) A family of animals descended from some particular female progenitor, through the female line; as, the Duchess tribe of shorthorns.
    • Tribe A family, race, or series of generations, descending from the same progenitor, and kept distinct, as in the case of the twelve tribes of Israel, descended from the twelve sons of Jacob. "The Lion of the tribe of Juda.""A wealthy Hebrew of my tribe ."
    • Tribe A nation of savages or uncivilized people; a body of rude people united under one leader or government; as, the tribes of the Six Nations; the Seneca tribe .
    • Tribe (Bot) A number of species or genera having certain structural characteristics in common; as, a tribe of plants; a tribe of animals.
    • v. t Tribe To distribute into tribes or classes. "Our fowl, fish, and quadruped are well tribed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Over 170,000 Indians from 210 tribes live in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest
    • n tribe In Roman history, one of the three patrician orders, or original political divisions of the people of ancient Rome, the Ramnes, Tities, and Luceres, representing respectively, according to tradition, the separate Latin, Sabine, and Etruscan settlements, having at their union equal representation in the senate, and retaining their distinctive names for several centuries.
    • n tribe Any one of the similar divisions of a race or nation common in antiquity, whether of natural or of political origin: as, the tribes (φυλαι) of Athens. Ethnical tribes among the ancients regarded themselves as enlarged families, and generally bore the name of some real or supposed common progenitor. Such were the twelve tribes of the Israelites, the tribes of the Dorians and other Greek races, etc. The thirty (and afterward more) tribes into which the plebeians in and around Rome were divided, after the formation of the patrician tribes, were based on locality; and tribes nearly corresponding to castes have in some instances been determined by occupation.
    • n tribe Specifically, a division of a barbarous race of people, usually distinguishable in some way from their congeners, united into a community under a recognized head or chief, ruling either independently or subordinately. In general the tribe, as it still exists among the American Indians and many African and Asiatic races, is the earliest form of political organization, nations being ultimately constituted by their gradual amalgamation and loss of identity in the progress of civilization.
    • n tribe Any class or body of persons taken collectively; any aggregate of individuals of a kind, either as a united body or as distinguished by some common characteristic or occupation.
    • n tribe A family of cattle having a common female ancestor. Tribes of cattle are particular strains, taking their names usually from some particular cow appearing in the pedigrees, as the Princess or Duchess tribes of shorthorns. There is no absolute rule for naming a tribe, but it descends through the female line.
    • n tribe In zoology and botany, a classificatory group of uncertain taxonomic rank, above a genus, and usually below an order; loosely, any group or series of animals: as, the furry, feathery, or finny tribes; the cat tribe. Linnæus distributed the vegetable kingdom into three tribes, namely monocotyledonous, dicotyledonous, and acotyledonous plants, and these he subdivided into gentes or nations. By other naturalists tribe has been used for a division of animals or plants intermediate between order and genus. In botany this is the current and a very common use, the tribe standing below the suborder where that division is present. Cuvier divided his orders into families, and his families into tribes, including under the latter one or more genera.
    • tribe To distribute into tribes or classes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Toltecs (a 7th century tribe) used wooden swords so they wouldn't kill their enemies.
    • n Tribe trīb an aggregate of stocks—a stock being an aggregate of persons considered to be kindred—or an aggregate of families, forming a community usually under the government of a chief: a number of things having certain common qualities
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Creditor. One of a tribe of savages dwelling beyond the Financial Straits and dreaded for their desolating incursions.”
  • William C. Bryant
    William C. Bryant
    “All that tread, the globe are but a handful to the tribes, that slumber in its bosom.”
  • 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.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!”
  • Aharon Appelfeld
    Aharon Appelfeld
    “The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe, but of his individuality. This is a very narrow-minded situation.”
  • Tecumseh
    “From my tribe I take nothing I am the maker of my own fortune.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tribus, originally, a third part of the Roman people, afterwards, a division of the people, a tribe; of uncertain origin: cf. F. tribu,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tribus, orig. applied to one of the three divisions of the ancient Roman people—tri-, tres, three.


In literature:

They maintain their purity of descent by marrying only with the women of their own or of kindred tribes.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Let me first show you a complete table of the number and names of the tribes.
"History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians" by George Mogridge
Uglik stepped forward and raised the war cry of the tribe.
"B. C. 30,000" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
Down the stream was the tribe, and had not Ugh-lomi killed Uya and Wau?
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
How can you tell the difference between the Cat Tribe and the Dog Tribe?
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
She had much influence over the women of the tribe, and Mr.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
Tribe observed, glancing half fearfully at Miss Mallowcoid.
"Too Old for Dolls" by Anthony Mario Ludovici
None of our tribe, nor of any tribe on the coast, ever conquered me.
"Legends of Vancouver" by E. Pauline Johnson
Suddenly the Chief uttered a sharp word, and the tribe fell silent.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
How could a man hate all tribes because of what the men of one tribe had done to him?
"Shaman" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Thou Rome, there is a man found out,
but not from tribe of Dan:
Yet Rome a man this number hath,
which is Adonikam.
"A description of olde Rome" by Roger Cotton
Think of the tribes so dearly bought
With their Redeemer's blood;
Nor let thy Zion be forgot,
Where once thy glory stood.
"Psalm LXXIV: Will God For Ever Cast Us Off?" by Isaac Watts
Isr'el, rejoice, now Joshua* leads,
He'll bring your tribes to rest;
So far the Savior's name exceeds
The ruler and the priest.
"Hymn 124" by Isaac Watts
Thus guarded by th' Almighty hand,
The chosen tribes possessed
Canaan, the rich, the promised land,
And there enjoyed their rest.
"PSALM 105 Abridged" by Isaac Watts
Of all the Tribe of Tegumai
Who cut that figure, none remain,—
On Merrow Down the cuckoos cry—
The silence and the sun remain.
"Merrow Down" by Rudyard Kipling
Lo! He comes, the Lord of glory,
Shouts of joy His path attend;
Lo! He comes. Let tribes and nations,
Grateful and rejoicing, bend.
He has triumphed,
"Advent of Christ" by John Bowring

In news:

The Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes were exiled to southeastern Oklahoma 175 years ago and given land in the area.
Gregory Pyle, chief of the Choctaw nation, said his tribe would sue to win some of the water if necessary.
She is also a member of the Port Gamble S'Klallam tribe.
A Southern Oregon tribe says comments by Oregon's governor against Measure 82 and 83 should not impact their plans for a casino in Medford.
The buffalo are raised by the Oneida Nation, a spokesperson for the tribe says they're investigating how the water pump was not turned on, that supplied water to a part of their herd.
Accused of embezzling $900,000 from Tribe.
Larry Doby 's pioneering role with Tribe, American League recognized: Indians Insider.
Five more draft selections sign on the dotted line with Tribe.
Bill Prins, author of a new novel about a mythical Indonesian tribe, will hold a book signing at Earthdog Café in Berkeley Springs on Saturday, August 18.
In California, Indian Tribes With Casino Money Cast Off Members.
The Multnomah tribe affectionately referred to Mt Hood as.
One tribe got the upper hand and raided the other's village killing everyone except two girls.
Tribe Comment of the Day.
Listen to the indie rappers' new track 'Unified Tribes'.
The founder of Violator Management and COO of Primary Violator, who also guided the careers of A Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliott and Mariah Carey, died of an apparent suicide on August 30.

In science:

Tribe for many helpful conversations and Professor L.
Measure convolution semigroups and non-infinitely divisible probability distributions
The tribes function on n = m 2m input bits is defined by partitioning the set of bits into “tribes” of size m, and the function takes the value 1 if and only if there is at least one tribe where all the bits are 1.
Balanced Boolean functions that can be evaluated so that every input bit is unlikely to be read
The tribes function and the ma jority are two examples of symmetric functions; they are invariant under a group acting transitively on the input bits.
Balanced Boolean functions that can be evaluated so that every input bit is unlikely to be read
The tightness of most of our results can be shown using a biased variant of the tribes function presented in .
On The Influences of Variables on Boolean Functions in Product Spaces
In order to show the advantage of Proposition 6 over Theorem 8, we consider a slight modification of the tribes function examined above.
On The Influences of Variables on Boolean Functions in Product Spaces