from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A kinship group constituting an intermediate division in the primitive structure of the Hellenic tribe or phyle, consisting of several patrilinear clans, and surviving in classical times as a territorial subdivision in the political and military organization of the Athenian state.
- n. Anthropology An exogamous subdivision of the tribe, constituting two or more related clans.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A former kinship division consisting of two or more distinct clans with separate identities but considered to be a single unit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A subdivision of a phyle, or tribe, in Athens.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A brotherhood or clan; specifically, in the states of ancient Greece, a politico-religious group of citizens, which appears to have been originally based on kinship and to have been a subdivision of the phyle or tribe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. people descended from a common ancestor
Greek phrātriā, from phrātēr, phrātr-, fellow member of a clan; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek φρατρία, "brotherhood" or "kinfolk". (Wiktionary)