Definition of sept in English:

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Pronunciation: /sept/


A clan, originally one in Ireland.
Example sentences
  • Divided as they were into tribes, septs, and clans and penetrated by family feuds they had little central organization but in times of crisis rallied under a war leader.
  • Traditionally, newly married women have taken up residence in the homeland of their husband, meaning that family names have remained in the area of the particular clans or septs for generations.
  • Similarly, their national origins are no different from those of other Irish clans or septs.


Early 16th century: probably an alteration of sect.

Words that rhyme with sept

accept, crept, except, incept, inept, intercept, kept, leapt, overleaped, slept, swept, upswept, wept, yclept
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