Meaning of CLAN in English


clan /klæn/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Scottish Gaelic ; Origin: clann 'family, race, clan' , from Old Irish cland 'new growth on a plant, offspring' , from Latin planta ; ⇨ ↑ plant 1 ]

1 . a large group of families who often share the same name:

the Campbell clan

warring clans

2 . informal a very large family:

The whole clan will be here over Christmas.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.