Definition of Tribe

1. Noun. A social division of (usually preliterate) people.

Exact synonyms: Folk
Generic synonyms: Social Group
Member holonyms: Moiety
Specialized synonyms: Phyle
Derivative terms: Tribal

2. Noun. A federation (as of American Indians).
Exact synonyms: Federation Of Tribes
Generic synonyms: Nation
Geographical relationships: America, The States, U.s., U.s.a., United States, United States Of America, Us, Usa
Member holonyms: Maya, Mayan, Nahuatl, Olmec
Derivative terms: Tribal

3. Noun. (biology) a taxonomic category between a genus and a subfamily.
Specialized synonyms: Bovini, Tribe Bovini, Bambuseae, Tribe Bambuseae
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Generic synonyms: Taxon, Taxonomic Category, Taxonomic Group
Group relationships: Family

4. Noun. Group of people related by blood or marriage.

Definition of Tribe

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To distribute into tribes or classes.

Definition of Tribe

1. Noun. A socially, ethnically, and politically cohesive group of people. ¹

2. Noun. (anthropology) A society larger than a band but smaller than a state. ¹

3. Noun. The collective noun for various animals. ¹

4. Noun. (taxonomy) A hierarchal rank between family and genus. ¹

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Definition of Tribe

1. a group of people sharing a common ancestry, language, and culture [n -S]

Medical Definition of Tribe

1. To distribute into tribes or classes. "Our fowl, fish, and quadruped are well tribed." (Abp. Nicolson) 1. 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." (Shak) 2. A number of species or genera having certain structural characteristics in common; as, a tribe of plants; a tribe of animals. By many recent naturalists, tribe has been used for a group of animals or plants intermediate between order and genus. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. A family of animals descended from some particular female progenitor, through the female line; as, the Duchess tribe of shorthorns. Origin: L. Tribus, originally, a third part of the Roman people, afterwards, a division of the people, a tribe; of uncertain origin: cf. F. Tribu. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tribe

tribasic acid
tribasic calcium phosphate
tribasic magnesium phosphate
tribasic sodium phosphate
tribasilar synostosis
tribe (current term)
tribe Bambuseae
tribe Bovini
tribe Bubalus
tribe synercus

Literary usage of Tribe

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Statutes at Large: Containing the Laws and Concurrent by United States (1850)
"To the Choctaw tribe, fifty thousand nine hundred and twenty-five dol- • lars ... To the Eel river tribe, one thousand one hundred dollars. ..."

2. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1914)
"INQA tribe. вв. Stamens fewer, definite. c. Anthers usually appendaged with a stalked gland; stamens twice as many as the petals, rarely as many: us. ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"There being little space for tillage, they imitated a device in use among the tribe of Chalco; the construction of rafts which they covered with soil, ..."

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