Meaning of CLAN in English



Pronunciation: ' klan

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Scottish Gaelic clann offspring, clan, from Old Irish cland plant, offspring, from Latin planta plant

Date: 15th century

1 a : a Celtic group especially in the Scottish Highlands comprising a number of households whose heads claim descent from a common ancestor b : a group of people tracing descent from a common ancestor : FAMILY

2 : a group united by a common interest or common characteristics

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