Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A division of a family, especially a division of a clan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A clan, tribe, or family, proceeding from a common progenitor. (used especially of the ancient clans in Ireland)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A clan, tribe, or family, proceeding from a common progenitor; -- used especially of the ancient clans in Ireland.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A clan: used especially of the tribes or families in Ireland.
  • n. An inclosure; a railing.
  • n. An abbreviation
  • n. of September;
  • n. of Septuagint.
  • n. In music, same as seventh or seventh-chord.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. people descended from a common ancestor
  • n. the month following August and preceding October

Etymologies

Probably alteration of sect.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A corruption of sect, influenced by Latin saeptum ("fence, enclosure"). (Wiktionary)

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  • This word can also be used for chapel in the Game Of Thrones series.

    July 25, 2013