Definition of sept in English:


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Pronunciation: /sɛpt


  • A subdivision of a clan, originally one in Ireland.
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    • 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.

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