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Tribe meaning

tribe - 7 dictionary results

  1. 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.
  2. 2. A number of species or genera having certain structural characteristics in common; as, a tribe of plants; a tribe of animals.
  3. 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. 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. 5. A family of animals descended from some particular female progenitor, through the female line; as, the Duchess tribe of shorthorns.
  6. 6. To distribute into tribes or classes.
  7. 7. A race sprung from one ancestor; division of a people; class or order.

tribe - examples of usage

  1. But Pocahontas's heart beat as if it were the war drum itself, for she knew what the white men did not know, that this last was a war dance; but she was not yet certain against whom her tribe was to take the war- path. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
  2. All the children of the tribe were afraid of the old woman. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
  3. He was too young to be a brave; perhaps, she thought, he had run off from home and had followed the war party, as she had heard of boys in her own tribe doing. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
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