Meaning of “tribe” in the English Dictionary

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"tribe" in British English

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tribenoun [ C, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /traɪb/ us /traɪb/

B2 a group of people, often of related families, who live together, sharing the same language, culture, and history, especially those who do not live in towns or cities:

a tribe of Amazonian Indians
the Masai tribe

informal a large family or other group that someone belongs to:

We invited Carol's sisters and brothers and their families - the whole Cassidy tribe.

More examples

  • The whole tribe seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth.
  • The communal land is cultivated by the womenfolk in the tribe.
  • They met a tribe of Somalian desert nomads.

(Definition of “tribe” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tribe" in American English

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tribenoun [ C ]

us /trɑɪb/

a group of people, often of related families, who live in the same area and share the same language, culture, and history:

She has studied Native American tribes from Mexico to Maine.

(Definition of “tribe” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)