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English definition of “tribal”


adjective uk   /ˈtraɪ.bəl/ us  
C2 relating to a tribe: tribal dress/leadersinformal figurative The fierce tribal loyalty among soccer supporters leads to violence between opposing fans.Race and ethnicityRacial issues
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