tribe


tribe
tribe mid-13c., "one of the twelve divisions of the ancient Hebrews," from O.Fr. tribu, from L. tribus "one of the three political/ethnic divisions of the original Roman state" (Tites, Ramnes, and Luceres, corresponding, perhaps, to the Latins, Sabines, and Etruscans), later, one of the 30 political divisions instituted by Servius Tullius (increased to 35 in 241 B.C.E.), perhaps from tri- "three" + *bhu-, root of the verb BE (Cf. be). Others connect the word with the root of Welsh tref "town, inhabited place." In the Biblical sense, which was the original one in English, the Latin word translates Gk. phyle "race or tribe of men, body of men united by ties of blood and descent, a clan" (see PHYSIC (Cf. physic)). Extension to any ethnic group or race of people is first recorded 1590s.

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  • Tribe — Tribe, n. [L. tribus, originally, a third part of the Roman people, afterwards, a division of the people, a tribe; of uncertain origin: cf. F. tribu.] [1913 Webster] 1. A family, race, or series of generations, descending from the same progenitor …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tribe — 1. Tribe is used without difficulty when the reference is historical • (Balbindor was a coastal Malay of the Iban tribe Brian Aldiss, 1993) and some ancient societies had constitutional divisions normally translated by the term tribe (e.g. Athens …   Modern English usage

  • tribe — [traıb] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Latin; Origin: tribus group within the Roman people, tribe ] 1.) a social group consisting of people of the same ↑race who have the same beliefs, customs, language etc, and usually live in one particular area ruled… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • tribe — [ traıb ] noun count ** 1. ) a large group of related families who live in the same area and share a common language, religion, and customs: Native American tribes the Makah tribe 2. ) HUMOROUS a very large family: Do we have room for the whole… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tribe — [trīb] n. [ME trybe < L tribus, one of the three groups into which Romans were orig. divided, tribe < tri (see TRI ) + IE * bhū < base * bheu , to grow, flourish > BE] 1. esp. among preliterate peoples, a group of persons, families,… …   English World dictionary

  • Tribe — Tribe, v. t. To distribute into tribes or classes. [R.] [1913 Webster] Our fowl, fish, and quadruped are well tribed. Abp. Nicolson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • tribe — tribe, tribalism This term usually denotes a social group bound together by kin and duty and associated with a particular territory. Members of the tribe share the social cohesion associated with the family, together with the sense of political… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • tribe — tribe·less; tribe·let; …   English syllables


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