Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLANS

Whole tribes and clans were wiped out by hunger and cold and want.

So they rose up by clans and villages and followed after the Sign.

Sometimes when there was quarreling between the clans they would not receive a messenger.

Two clans were formed, the "Croizettists" and the "Bernhardtists."

The women were the great power among the clans as everywhere else.

Me, he would not know if I told him my name, but––he is the Deliverer who will help the clans.

Where were the chivalrous chieftains with their clans behind them?

And the Bear shall be the greatest and strongest of the clans.

"Quite a gathering of the clans," he said, as brightly as he could.

And Stern's been trying to get the clans into hot water ever since he took over.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Gaelic clann "family, stock, offspring," akin to Old Irish cland "offspring, tribe," both from Latin planta "offshoot" (see plant (n.)). The Goidelic branch of Celtic (including Gaelic) had no initial p-, so it substituted k- or c- for Latin p-. The same Latin word in (non-Goidelic) Middle Welsh became plant "children."

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.