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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"
References in classic literature ?
C'est le caractere des gens de guerre," said Cora, with admirable self-possession.
LES GENS DU COMMUN NE TROUVENT PAS DE DIFFERENCE ENTRE LES HOMMES.
Bayle thus characterises this Life of Aesop by Planudes, "Tous les habiles gens conviennent que c'est un roman, et que les absurdites grossieres qui l'on y trouve le rendent indigne de toute.
Cessez, cessez, gens d'armes et pietons, De piller et manger le bonhomme Qui de longtemps Jacques Bonhomme Se nomme.
She braved it for a moment or two with an eye full of love and stubbornness, and murmured a phrase or two vaguely of Gen.
you don't remember Bob, then, as you gen the pocket-knife to, Mr.
August Messer, "Experimentell-psychologische Untersuchu gen uber das Denken," vol.