from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A secret society organized in the South after the Civil War to reassert white supremacy by means of terrorism.
- n. A secret fraternal organization of similar intent founded in Georgia in 1915.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A secret society that uses terrorism to promote white supremacy. It primarily operated in the southern United States of America during the mid-1900s.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In United States history, a secret oath-bound organization, also called simply Kuklux, which arose in the Southern States after the civil war of 1861-65, among the participants in or sympathizers with secession, the members of which (or persons passing as members) perpetrated many outrages, by whipping, expelling, or murdering persons obnoxious to them, especially negroes and new-comers from the north.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a secret society of white Southerners in the United States; was formed in the 19th century to resist the emancipation of slaves; used terrorist tactics to suppress Black people
Perhaps alteration of Greek kuklos, circle; see cycle + alteration of clan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably based on Ancient Greek κύκλος (kuklos, "circle") and clan. (Wiktionary)