Definition of Phratry

1. Noun. People descended from a common ancestor. "His family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"




Definition of Phratry

1. n. A subdivision of a phyle, or tribe, in Athens.

Definition of Phratry

1. Noun. (anthropology dated) A former kinship division consisting of two or more distinct clans with separate identities but considered to be a single unit. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Phratry

1. a tribal unit among primitive peoples [n -TRIES] : PHRATRAL, PHRATRIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Phratry

1. Origin: Gr. A subdivision of a phyle, or tribe, in Athens. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Phratry

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phratry (current term)
phreak
phreaked
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phreatophytes
phreatophytic
phren
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Literary usage of Phratry

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Historical Writings of John Fiske by John Fiske (1902)
"The structure of phratry seems to have originated in the phratry , " . c , the segmentation or the overgrown clan, for in some cases exogamy was originally ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"Totems and totem names are inherited by the children from the mother, in this primitive type. Thus a man. Eagle Hawk by phratry, Snipe by totem, ..."

3. Kinship Organisations and Group Marriage in Australia by Northcote Whitridge Thomas (1906)
"On the other hand it is not uncommon to find classes without the corresponding phratry names; this is the case in the eight class area, among the tribes of ..."

4. Cornell Studies in Classical Philology by Cornell University (1893)
"THE phratry AND PHYLE. It has already been stated that the phyle is older ... On the other hand, we are able to trace the growth of the phratry from the ..."

5. Papers of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens by American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Archaeological Institute of America (1892)
"A STUDY OF THE ATTIC phratry. In the Athenian State as constituted by Kleisthenes, every citizen belonged to three subordinate political corporations; ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Here те are almost forced to conclude that the Turtle phratry was origin- lily a Turtle clan which subdivided into a number of clans, each of which took the ..."

7. The Constitutional Antiquities of Sparta and Athens by Gustav Gilbert (1895)
"82, it was possible for an individual to prevent an admission into the phratry by himself removing the sacrifice from the altar; this proceeding involved ..."

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