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gens Explained

gens at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


gens at English irregular forms Of Explained:

(pl) gentes

gens at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1847, in reference to ancient Rome, "tribe, clan," from L. gens (gen. gentis) "race, clan, nation" (see genus). ///

gens at French => English Of Explained:


gens at Latin => English Of Explained:

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gens at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Ancient Roman clan whose members were all descended from a common male ancestor. The descendants revered the original male ancestor and identified their relationship by using his name as their second name (e.g., Gaius Valerius Catullus). Marriage between members of a gens was commonly discouraged.

gens at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

48 Moby Thesaurus words for "gens":
animal kingdom, ashram, blood, body, breed, brood, caste, clan,
class, colony, commonwealth, commune, community, deme,
economic class, endogamous group, extended family, family, folk,
house, kind, kinship group, line, lineage, matriclan, moiety,
nation, nuclear family, order, patriclan, people, phratria,
phratry, phyle, plant kingdom, race, sept, settlement,
social class, society, species, stem, stirps, stock, strain,
subcaste, totem, tribe

gens at French => English Of Explained:

gens [ʒ]

gens at Latin => English Of Explained:

sorbate adatom adsorbate upt

GENS at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

GENS. A word used by the Romans to represent race and nation. 1 Tho. Co.
Litt. 259, n. 13. In the French law, it is used to signify people or
nations, as Droit des Gens, the law of nations.

Gens at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Gens \Gens\ (j[e^]nz), n.; pl. {Gentes} (j[e^]n"t[=e]z). [L. See
{Gentle}, a.] (Rom. Hist.)
1. A clan or family connection, embracing several families of
the same stock, who had a common name and certain common
religious rites; a subdivision of the Roman curia or

2. (Ethnol.) A minor subdivision of a tribe, among American
aborigines. It includes those who have a common descent,
and bear the same totem.

gens at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : family based on male descent; "he had no sons and there was
no one to carry on his name" [syn: {name}]
[also: {gentes} (pl)]

gens at English (WD) Of Explained:


Etymology 1

Shortened from Inter: term » generations|lang=en.

Inter: abbreviatio » n

  • generations
    See also
    * gen

    Etymology 2

    From Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » gens|gēns|gens; tribe, people|lang=la. See also Inter: term » gentile|lang=en, Inter: term » gender|lang=en, Inter: term » genus|lang=en, Inter: term » generate|lang=en.


    Inter: en-noun » pl=gentes|pl2=genses

  • A legally defined unit of Roman society closest in meaning to and translated by English clan, but not identical to it. The gens was a collection of families whose members were related by birth, marriage or adoption. All the families were considered to have descended from a common clan ancestor although in cases where the time from the ancestor to the contemporary time was great the kinship was more remote than is meant by the English term "related." In such cases the legal definition still prevailed.
    1. Inter: anthropolog » y a tribal subgroup whose members are characterized by having the same descent, usually along the male line
    2. 1919, Category: w - :Boris Sidis|Boris Sidis, Category: s - :The Source and Aim of Human Progress|The Source and Aim of Human Progress:
    3. : The taboos, the laws, the rules of genses, tribes, and nations, from the lowest to the highest, are upheld by a vague terror and sacred awe which society impresses on man by threats of ill-luck, fearful evil, and terrible punishments befalling sinners and transgressors of the tabooed, of the holy and the forbidden, charged with a mysterious, highly contagious, and virulently infective life-consuming energy.


      * engs

  • negs

  • Catalan


    Inter: ca-ad » v
  • a bit
    1. a few



    From an earlier Inter: term » gents|lang=fr, plural of Inter: term » gent|lang=fr, from Inter: etyl » la|fr Inter: term » gentem|lang=la, accusative of Inter: term » gens|gēns|lang=la.


    * Inter: IPA » /ʒɑ̃/|lang=fr, Inter: X-SAMPA » /ZA~/
    • Inter: audio » Fr-gens.ogg|Audio (France, Paris)
    • Inter: rhymes » ɑ̃|lang=fr
    • Inter: homophones » Jean|lang=fr


      Inter: head » fr|noun|g=m|g2=p|cat2=plurals|cat3=masculine nouns

  • Inter: pluralonly » lang=fr set of people
    1. : Ces gens-là ont toujours été sympas avec moi.
    2. :: Those people have always been kind to me.
    3. : Je n’aime pas les gens qui se prennent pour le nombril du monde.
    4. :: I don't like people who think the world revolves around them.

      Related terms

      * gente

      See also

      * peuple {{m}}



    From Inter: etyl » la|roa-grn Inter: term » gens|gēns|lang=la.


    Inter: roa-grn-noun » m|type=plural
  • Inter: pluralonly » lang=roa-grn people

  • Latin

    Inter: wikipedia » lang=la


    From Inter: etyl » ine-pro|la Inter: recons » ǵénh₁tis|lang=ine-pro“kind”; in: M. Philippa e.a., Etymologisch Woordenboek van het Nederlands, from Inter: recons » ǵenh₁-|lang=ine-pro, from which also Inter: term » gigno|gignō|lang=la, Inter: term » genero|generō|lang=la, Inter: term » genus|lang=la.


    * Inter: IPA » /ˈɡeːns/|lang=la


    Inter: la-noun » gēns|gentis|gentis|f|third
  • Roman clan, related by birth or marriage and sharing a common name.
    1. tribe; people
    2. the chief gods


      Inter: la-decl-3rd-B2C » gens|gēns|gent

      Derived terms

      * Inter: l » la|genticus

  • Inter: l » la|gentilicius|gentilīcius
  • Inter: l » la|gentilis|gentīlis
  • Inter: l » la|gentilitas|gentīlitās


    Inter: top » 2
  • Albanian: gjini
  • Anglo-Norman: Inter: l » xno|gent
  • Aromanian: Inter: l » rup|gjintã
  • Asturian: Inter: l » ast|xente
  • Catalan: Inter: l » ca|gent
  • French: Inter: l » fr|gens
  • Italian: Inter: l » it|gente
  • Neapolitan: Inter: l » it|gente

  • Inter: mid » 2
    • Occitan: Inter: l » oc|gent
    • Portuguese: Inter: l » pt|gente
    • Romanian: Inter: l » ro|gintă
    • Sardinian: Inter: l » sc|gente, Inter: l » sc|genti, Inter: l » sc|tzente, Inter: l » sc|zente
    • Sicilian: Inter: l » scn|genti
    • Spanish: Inter: l » es|gente
    • Venetian: Inter: l » vec|dente, Inter: l » vec|xente, Inter: l » vec|zente

    Inter: botto » m


    Category: Category:la:Family -
    Category: Category:la:Onomastics -



    Inter: head » sv|noun form
  • Inter: sv-noun-form-indef-gen » gen

  • Category: ast:gens -
    Translation: cs » gens
    Translation: de » gens
    Translation: et » gens
    Translation: el » gens
    Translation: es » gens
    Translation: eu » gens
    Translation: fr » gens
    Translation: fy » gens
    Translation: ko » gens
    Translation: io » gens
    Translation: ku » gens
    Translation: la » gens
    Translation: hu » gens
    Translation: mg » gens
    Translation: fj » gens
    Translation: nl » gens
    Translation: ja » gens
    Translation: pl » gens
    Translation: ru » gens
    Translation: sm » gens
    Translation: fi » gens
    Translation: sv » gens
    Translation: vi » gens
    Translation: zh » gens

    Gens at English (WD) Of Explained:



    Inter: head » de|noun form
  • Inter: genitive of » Gen|lang=de

  • Translation: de » Gens
    Translation: et » Gens
    Translation: io » Gens
    Translation: la » Gens
    Translation: sv » Gens
    Translation: zh » Gens