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gens

 (jĕnz)
n. pl. gen·tes (jĕn′tēz′)
1. A patrilineal clan of ancient Rome composed of several families of the same name claiming a common ancestor and belonging to a common religious cult.
2. Anthropology An exogamous patrilineal clan.

[Latin gēns; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

gens

(dʒɛnz)
n, pl gentes (ˈdʒɛntiːz)
1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) any of a group of aristocratic families, having a common name and claiming descent from a common ancestor in the male line
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) anthropol a group based on descent in the male line
[C19: from Latin: race; compare genus, gender]

gens

(dʒɛnz)

n., pl. gen•tes (ˈdʒɛn tiz)
1. a group of families in ancient Rome claiming descent from a common ancestor and sharing the same nomen.
2. a group of persons tracing common descent in the male line; clan.
[1840–50; < Latin gēns. compare genus, gender1, gender2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gens - family based on male descent; "he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name"
kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, family line, sept, folk, family - people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"