1. A tribe or collection of families, united under a chieftain, regarded as having the same common ancestor, and bearing the same surname; as, the clan of Macdonald. “I have marshaled my clan.”
2. A clique; a sect, society, or body of persons; esp., a body of persons united by some common interest or pursuit; -- sometimes used contemptuously.
Partidge and the rest of his clan may hoot me. --Smolett.
The whole clan of the enlightened among us. --Burke.
n : group of people related by blood or marriage [syn: kin, kin
group, kinship group, kindred, tribe]