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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Latin
Origin: tribus 'group within the Roman people, tribe'


tribe [countable]
1SA 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 by their leader:
a tribe of Aborigines known as the Dolphin People
2 a group of people with the same interests - used especially to show disapproval:
tribes of journalists
3HB a group of related animals or plants:
the cat tribe
4 humorous a large family:
We were only expecting Jack and his wife, but the whole tribe turned up.
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