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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Sometimes they are organized on a tribal basis, sometimes they embrace people from a number of different tribes.
▪ But we had one thing-that was unity and friendship amongst sixty-four different tribes....
▪ While the Germanic tribes were not always engaged in warfare, they were in a state of constant preparation for it.
▪ Unlike many of the Germanic tribes from whom they exacted tribute, these Asiatics had no permanent homes and no kings.
▪ As groupings became larger, tribes or bands were formed on the basis of more extensive kinship ties.
▪ Najibullah, who belonged to the local Ahmedzai tribe, flew to Gardez on Oct. 7 to bolster morale.
▪ I've seen this buzzard mobbed by other members of the local crow tribe, the rooks, plenty of times before.
▪ They were almost certainly endowed with highly developed sensory and intuitive powers seen only in the few remaining native tribes alive today.
▪ To the east of Frisia were the pagan Saxons, a diffuse and essentially nomadic conglomeration of tribes.
▪ The second type of horsemen are wild horse archers recruited from the nomadic tribes of the Kislev steppes.
▪ The impact on the 35 nomadic tribes who are known to live in the region drained by the Mamberamo will be immense.
▪ Some of the settlements were surrounded by ditches and fences and could be fiercely defended against other warring tribes.
▪ People usually make such declarations of opposition to other lineages, other tribes - not to entities which claim superiority.
▪ Even primitive tribes when dancing submit to the discipline imposed by their leaders.
▪ The ill are no longer ostracized as moral pariahs except by a few remaining primitive tribes ruled by superstition.
▪ To primitive tribes a head, stuck on a pole at the village boundary, averted evil and brought luck.
▪ The law of the survival of the fitted governed not only primitive tribes, but the civilized cultures of the ancient world.
▪ First, of course, you have to locate your most primitive tribe.
▪ Iii any primitive tribe, rule by male fighters is the most natural form of government.
▪ The smallest tribes would get 250; the largest, well over 1,000.
▪ The smaller tribes have long been influenced through political and cultural domination by the stronger Mende and Temne tribes.
▪ Azhag's career of carnage began when he was chieftain of a small Orc tribe from the Troll country.
▪ The peaty lowlands were still mainly marshland. Small families or tribes hunted and hid in huts in the forest.
▪ Ishmael suggests that various primitive tribes and various religions have always looked upon the sea as something mysterious and deep.
▪ They could not control the Army, let alone the various tribes.
▪ Until 40 years ago, the Chittagong Hill Tracts were inhabited almost exclusively by people belonging to 13 tribes.
▪ Zarathustra belonged to a pastoral tribe in northern Persia.
▪ They belonged to tribes, nations and religions.
▪ He belongs to a minority tribe, the Karen, and in a Buddhist land he follows a minority religion.
▪ In bad times the stream vanished completely, and the tribe lived in the shadow of thirst.
▪ Even today many members of these tribes live in multi-occupation dwellings made from sun-dried mud bricks known as adobe.
▪ There is a tribe of beetles that specializes in feeding on bitter plants.
▪ Western Australian tribes
▪ In recent years, the tribe had been badly affected by diseases brought in by prospecting miners.
▪ The tribe danced for three days in the hope that the Great Spirits would send them rain.
▪ The tribes which inhabit the Upper Hunter and the adjacent parts of the colony are extremely harmless and well disposed.
▪ The Ghond tribe would only accept food from a Ghond cook.
▪ There, capitalism dissolved social differentiation - families, castes, clans, tribes, provinces, religions, gender, nationality.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tribe \Tribe\, v. t. To distribute into tribes or classes. [R.]

Our fowl, fish, and quadruped are well tribed.
--Abp. Nicolson.


Tribe \Tribe\, n. [L. tribus, originally, a third part of the Roman people, afterwards, a division of the people, a tribe; of uncertain origin: cf. F. tribu.]

  1. A family, race, or series of generations, descending from the same progenitor, and kept distinct, as in the case of the twelve tribes of Israel, descended from the twelve sons of Jacob. ``The Lion of the tribe of Jud

    1. ''
      --Rev. v. 5.

      A wealthy Hebrew of my tribe.

  2. (Bot.) A number of species or genera having certain structural characteristics in common; as, a tribe of plants; a tribe of animals.

    Note: By many recent naturalists, tribe has been used for a group of animals or plants intermediate between order and genus.

  3. A nation of savages or uncivilized people; a body of rude people united under one leader or government; as, the tribes of the Six Nations; the Seneca tribe.

  4. A division, class, or distinct portion of a people, from whatever cause that distinction may have originated; as, the city of Athens was divided into ten tribes.

  5. (Stock Breeding) A family of animals descended from some particular female progenitor, through the female line; as, the Duchess tribe of shorthorns.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-13c., "one of the twelve divisions of the ancient Hebrews," from Old French tribu or directly from Latin tribus "one of the three political/ethnic divisions of the original Roman state" (Tites, Ramnes, and Luceres, corresponding, perhaps, to the Latins, Sabines, and Etruscans), later, one of the 30 political divisions instituted by Servius Tullius (increased to 35 in 241 B.C.E.), of unknown origin. Perhaps from tri- "three" + *bheue-, root of the verb be. Others connect the word with the PIE root *treb- "a dwelling" (see tavern).\n

\nIn the Biblical sense, which was the original one in English, the Latin word translates Greek phyle "race or tribe of men, body of men united by ties of blood and descent, a clan" (see phylo-). Extension to modern ethnic groups or races of people is from 1590s, specifically "a division of a barbarous race of people, usually distinguishable in some way from their congeners, united into a community under a recognized head or chief" [Century Dictionary], but colloquially of any aggregate of individuals of a kind.


n. 1 A socially, ethnically, and politically cohesive group of people. 2 (context anthropology English) A society larger than a band but smaller than a state. 3 The collective noun for various animals. 4 (context taxonomy English) A hierarchal rank between family and genus. 5 (context stock breeding English) A family of animals descended from some particular female progenitor, through the female line. vb. (context transitive English) To distribute into tribes or classes; to categorize.

  1. n. a social division of (usually preliterate) people [syn: folk]

  2. a federation (as of American Indians) [syn: federation of tribes]

  3. (biology) a taxonomic category between a genus and a subfamily

  4. group of people related by blood or marriage [syn: kin, kin group, kinship group, kindred, clan]

Tribe (disambiguation)

Tribe is a clan-based social structure. Tribe, Tribes or The Tribe may also refer to:

  • Tribe (Native American), indigenous nations in the United States of America
  • Tribes, administrative divisions of the Tribal Assembly of Ancient Rome

A tribe is viewed, developmentally or historically, as a social group existing before the development of, or outside, states. A tribe is a group of distinct people, dependent on their land for their livelihood, who are largely self-sufficient, and not integrated into the national society. It is perhaps the term most readily understood and used by the general public. Stephen Corry, director of Survival International, the world's only organisation dedicated to indigenous rights, has defined tribal people as "those which have followed ways of life for many generations that are largely self-sufficient, and are clearly different from the mainstream and dominant society". This definition, however, would not apply in countries in the Middle East such as Iraq, where the entire population is a member of one tribe or another, and tribalism itself is dominant and mainstream.

There are an estimated one hundred and fifty million tribal individuals worldwide, constituting around forty percent of indigenous individuals. Although nearly all tribal people are indigenous, some are not indigenous to the areas where they now live.

The distinction between tribal and indigenous is important because tribal peoples have a special status acknowledged in international law. They often face particular issues in addition to those faced by the wider category of indigenous peoples.

Many people used the term "tribal society" to refer to societies organized largely on the basis of social, especially familial, descent groups (see clan and kinship). A customary tribe in these terms is a face-to-face community, relatively bound by kinship relations, reciprocal exchange, and strong ties to place.

"Tribe" is a contested term due to its roots of being defined by outsiders during the period of colonialism. The word has no shared referent, whether in political form, kinship relations or shared culture. Some argue that it conveys a negative connotation of a timeless unchanging past. To avoid these implications, some have chosen to use the terms " ethnic group", or nation instead.

In some places, such as India and North America, tribes are polities that have been granted legal recognition and limited autonomy by the national states.

Tribe (comics)

Tribe was an American short-lived comic book published first in 1993. Created by Todd Johnson and Larry Stroman, Tribe launched as part of Image Comics' second round of titles.

Axis Comics later printed two more issues (2, 3) of the series before itself going under due to financial difficulties. The final issue (0) was published by Good Comics.

Tribe (Bernie Taupin album)

Tribe is a 1987 solo album by Bernie Taupin issued by RCA Records. The album includes the two singles, "Friend of the Flag" and "Citizen Jane". Music videos were made for both singles.

Tribe (EP)

Tribe is an extended play from the metal band Soulfly. This EP was only released in Australia on a tour Soulfly was on.

Tribe (Philippine TV program)

Tribe is a youth oriented television program which is produced and aired on Net25 which airs every Sundays at 5:00-5:30 PM Philippine Time.

Tribe (song)

"Tribe" is the fourth single by metal band Soulfly, released in January 1999. It is played as the ninth track of the eponymous debut album Soulfly, after " Bleed" and before "Bumba". "Tribe" is the fourth and last single of the album. As with every other Soulfly songs with vocals, the lyrics was written by Max Cavalera.

Tribe (Enrico Rava album)

Tribe is an album by Italian jazz trumpeter and composer Enrico Rava's Quintet recorded in Italy in 2010 and released on the ECM label.

Tribe (biology)

In biology, a tribe is a taxonomic rank above genus, but below family and subfamily. It is sometimes subdivided into subtribes.

In zoology, some examples include the tribes Caprini (goat-antelopes), Hominini (hominins), Bombini (bumblebees), and Thunnini (tunas). The standard ending for the name of a zoological tribe is "-ini". The tribe Hominini is divided into subtribes by some scientists; subtribe Hominina then comprises "humans". The standard ending for the name of a zoological subtribe is "-ina".

In botany, examples include the tribes Acalypheae and Hyacintheae. The standard ending for the name of a botanical tribe is "-eae". The tribe Hyacintheae is divided into subtribes, including the subtribe Massoniinae. The standard ending for the name of a botanical subtribe is "-inae".

In bacteriology, the form of tribe names is as in botany, e.g., Pseudomonadeae, based on the genus name Pseudomonas.

Tribe (band)

Tribe was an alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts which was active in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They released three albums, two on Slash Records/ Warner Bros. Records, but did not translate their local appeal into national fame and disbanded in 1994.

Greg LoPiccolo later stated that "When Warner Bros didn’t pick up our option for the third album; that was kind of a momentum-killer."

Terri and Eric Brosius and Greg LoPiccolo later joined video game developer Looking Glass Studios and did sound/voice/music work on various games. They would later become founding members of Guitar Hero developer Harmonix.

"Outside", a song from Here at the Home, was featured in the 2007 music video game Rock Band.

Tribe (Native American)

In the United States, an ' Indian tribe', Native American tribe, tribal nation or similar concept is any extant or historical clan, tribe, band, nation, or other group or community of Indigenous peoples in the United States. Modern forms of these entities are often associated with land or territory of an Indian reservation. "Federally recognized Indian tribe" is a legal term of art in United States Law with a specific meaning.

An Indian tribe recognized by the United States government usually possesses Tribal sovereignty, a "dependent sovereign nation" status with the Federal Government that is similar to that of a state in some situations, and that of a nation in others. Depending on the historic circumstances of recognition, the degree of self-government and sovereignty varies somewhat from one tribal nation to another.

Tribe (Queensrÿche album)

Tribe is the eighth studio album from the American progressive metal band Queensrÿche, released on 22 July 2003. It featured a reunited lineup, with Chris DeGarmo returning to contribute guitar parts and writing credits on some tracks. DeGarmo showed up for recording and was ready to tour again with the band in support of the album, but ultimately left due to clashes with singer Geoff Tate in the studio. Upon release of the disc Sanctuary Records misrepresented Chris Degarmo's involvement as a "reunion" with Queensrÿche, which some have considered to be a PR stunt to generate sales.

Tribe was self-produced by Queensrÿche, with Scott Olson engineering and Adam Kasper mixing the album. The album was not commercially successful generating only 75,000 SoundScan units as of 2007. Songs such as " Open" and "Losing Myself" have been played on the satellite station, Ink'd.

"Hostage" was a demo written by Jackson-Tate-Wilton during the Tribe sessions. But it was completed after the Tribe record was sent to the label. It was later substantially changed and re-recorded by Jason Slater and other outside writers for OM:2. The original version still remains unreleased.

Tribe (TV series)

Tribe (known as Going Tribal in the United States) is a documentary television series co-produced by the BBC and the Discovery Channel, and hosted by former British Royal Marine Bruce Parry.

In each series, Parry visits a number of remote tribes in such locales as the Himalayas, Ethiopia, West Papua, Gabon and Mongolia, spending a month living and interacting with each society. While there, Parry adopts the methods and practices of his hosts, participating in their rituals and exploring their cultural norms. This often enables him to form personal bonds with the members of each tribe.

Parry tries to learn the basics of the tribe's language but is also accompanied by a translator.

The series is co-produced by BBC Wales and the Discovery Channel. A second series aired in July 2006 and the third began on 21 August 2007 on BBC Two, and ended on 25 September 2007. No further series have been made, though Parry's 2008 series, Amazon has a similar synopsis.

Parry was awarded the BAFTA Cymru "Best On-Screen Presenter" award in 2008 for his work on the 'Penan' Episode. A BAFTA Cymru "Best Camera: Not Drama" award was also awarded for Gavin Searle's work in the same episode.

Tribe (Sadist album)

Tribe is the second full-length studio album by the Italian progressive death metal band Sadist, released in 1996 by Rising Sun Productions. It was the last album to features lead singer Zanna and drummer Peso. It features two live Japanese bonus tracks on the original release; "Enslaver of Lies (live)" and "Sometimes They Come Back (live)". Also, a video was shot for "Tribe" in the same year. The album was re-released in 2006 by Beyond Productions and features a cover song after Iron Maiden, "Wrathchild" and two live tracks; "From Bellatrix to Betelgeuse (live)" and "Guitar solo (live)", a live guitar solo by the band.

Tribe (Internet)

The term tribe or digital tribe is used as a slang term for an unofficial community of people who share a common interest, and usually who are loosely affiliated with each other through social media or other internet mechanisms. The term is related to " tribe", which traditionally refers to people closely associated in both geography and genealogy. Nowadays, it looks more like a virtual community or a personal network and it is often called global digital tribe. Most anthropologists agree that a tribe is a (small) society that practices its own customs and culture, and that these define the tribe. The tribes are divided into clans, with their own customs and cultural values that differentiate them from activities that occur in 'real life' contexts. People feel more inclined to share and defend their ideas on social networks than they would dare to say to someone face to face. For example, it would be ridiculous to 'poke' someone in real life.

Usage examples of "tribe".

Narragansett society was correct, and might accurately be applied to other tribes as well.

There is no more striking proof of the universal adoration paid the stars and constellations, than the arrangement of the Hebrew camp in the Desert, and the allegory in regard to the twelve Tribes of Israel, ascribed in the Hebrew legends to Jacob.

Somewhere near Allumette Isle, Champlain came to an Indian settlement of the Ottawa tribe.

The love of rapine and war allured to the Imperial standard several tribes of Saracens, or roving Arabs, whose service Julian had commanded, while he sternly refused the payment of the accustomed subsidies.

Intimidated by the arms, or allured by the promises, of Vouti and his successors, the most considerable tribes, both of the East and of the West, disclaimed the authority of the Tanjou.

In the tribe of the Dakotas the relatives of a dead chief pacified his spirit by amputating a finger.

Kaiser William used to knock down the castles of the baron robbers has been approximated by his warring tribes.

The War was not against savages, or aborigines of spoil lands and thus does not come into the same classification as the Australian war against the autochthonous tribes of Tasmania, when the victims were hunted down like rabbits to total extermination.

During the brief twilight Balza guided them to a trail that led down into the valley some distance below the cave dwellings of the tribe of mutants, and all during the night they moved southward toward the escarpment and Omwamwi Falls.

They had been scolded for this notion by Father Duplessis at Fort Bannerman and by Father Wentzel at the mountain camp, and before the end of the summer the spirits of the tribe had risen, and most believed that the danger had passed.

In basketry and certain classes of garment-making, the inhabitants of the Mississippi valley were well advanced at the period of European conquest, and there is ample evidence to show that the mound-building peoples were not behind historic tribes in this matter.

And when the ambassador of some barbaric tribe who had just passed through dazzling marble corridors, long lines of palace guards and bedizened generals and bishops, arrived before the imposing, motionless, silent figure of the monarch, solar-crowned on his radiant throne, he would cast himself in genuine awe prostrate before the Presence -- and while he remained there, face down, a machine would lift the whole throne aloft, so that lo!

Even in the southern, irrigated part of the country there are notable differences between the tribes along the Tigris, subject to Iranian influences, and those of the Euphrates, whose historic links are with the Arab beduin tribes of the desert.

One was a primitive, a warrior from some small bellicose tribe from way back in the jungle.

Brian Boru had taught the Irish tribes to unite, and against such a union Sitric had no chance.