clan (plural clans)
- (anthropology) A group of people all descended from a common ancestor, in fact or belief.
- A traditional social group of families in the Scottish Highlands having a common hereditary chieftain
- Any association of people behaving clannishly, including one's immediate family.
- 1923, P.G. Wodehouse, The Inimitable Jeeves:
- (video games) A group of players who habitually play on the same team in multiplayer games.
- A badger colony.
- → Catalan: clan
- → Dutch: clan
- → French: clan
- → Galician: clan
- → German: Clan
- → Italian: clan
- → Portuguese: clan
- → Spanish: clan
Borrowed from English clan, from Scottish Gaelic clann (“progeny, race”), from Old Irish cland, from Old Welsh plant, from Latin planta (“shoot, offspring”). As such, it is a doublet of plant (“plant, flora”).
- Afrikaans: clan
clan m (plural clans)
- “clan” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).