Definition of tribe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//traɪb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//traɪb//
    Groups of animals
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  1. 1(sometimes offensive) (in developing countries) a group of people of the same race, and with the same customs, language, religion, etc., living in a particular area and often led by a chief tribes living in remote areas of the Amazonian rainforest
  2. 2(usually disapproving) a group or class of people, especially of one profession He had a sudden outburst against the whole tribe of actors.
  3. 3(biology) a group of related animals or plants a tribe of cats See related entries: Groups of animals
  4. 4(informal or humorous) a large number of people One or two of the grandchildren will be there, but not the whole tribe.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French tribu or Latin tribus (singular and plural); perhaps related to tri- ‘three’ and referring to the three divisions of the early people of Rome.Extra examples The dancers are all members of the Tembu tribe. They recruited the toughest soldiers from the desert tribes. We spoke to Umbara, the headman of the Ywin tribe.
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