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  • n. The state of being united together, as if in a clan; an association under a chieftain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A state of being united together as in a clan; an association under a chieftain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A state of union as in a family or clan; association under a chieftain.
  • n. Membership in a clan.
  • n. The feeling or spirit of attachment and loyalty to one's clan or fraternity.


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clan +‎ -ship


  • 'It seems to be a kind of clanship with women; hardly even that.'

    Beauchamp's Career — Volume 2

  • The system of Egba 'clanship' is a favourite, sometimes an engrossing, topic for invective with the local press, who characterise this worst species of 'trades-union,' founded upon intimidation and something worse, as the 'Aku tyranny' and the 'Aku

    To The Gold Coast for Gold, Vol. II A Personal Narrative

  • Anthropologist T.O. Beidelman, who did extensive work in Kaguru and other matrilineal societies in East Africa, asked a Kaguru speaker to explain the meaning of lineage and clanship.

    Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE

  • Yet I will not go back to the days of clanship and claymores.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • When my streak of A's ended after I scored a B-minus on Evan's paper about clanship in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," I never heard from him again.


  • Patrous; and (2) the maintenance of the ties of clanship.


  • Had the clanship feeling been universally as strong as in the Chickerel family, the fable of the well-bonded fagot might have remained unwritten.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • He has no clanship, no friendships, that warp him.

    Uncollected Prose

  • Scottish legislature, who apparently lost all the calmness of conscious dignity and security, and could not even name the outlawed clan without vituperation, showed no inclination to be blotted out of the roll of clanship.

    Rob Roy

  • The spirit of clanship was at that time, so strong — to which must be added the wish to secure the adherence of stout, able-bodied, and, as the Scotch phrase then went, pretty men — that the representative of the noble family of Perth condescended to act openly as patron of the MacGregors, and appeared as such upon their trial.

    Rob Roy


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