Definition of tribal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrībəl/


1Of or characteristic of a tribe or tribes: tribal people in Malaysia
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  • This is a very important part of tribal culture and preserves a tribe's identity and beliefs.
  • They were a tribal nation where each tribe was recognised and God was the head.
  • You and your people cannot be adopted into the Kiktu without the consent of the entire tribe, in full tribal assembly.
1.1chiefly derogatory Characterized by a tendency to form groups or by strong group loyalty: British industrial operatives remained locked in primitive tribal attitudes
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  • The loyalty is often called tribal, and it's true that it's one of the ways we define who we are and where we come from.
  • It has left him with strong views on the tribal battle lines that are drawn around the health service.
  • The other factor is the tribal warfare that exists between the rugby playing schools of the area.


Members of tribal communities, especially in South Asia.
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  • The analysts here are worried about the tribals turning communal.
  • In the 1960s, Bhanjdeo organized impoverished tribals and became immensely popular.
  • In Gujarat all castes were united, as were even Scheduled Castes and tribals in their opposition to Congress.



Pronunciation: /ˈtrībəlē/
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  • Other Navajos are employed at the tribally operated electronics plant at Fort Defiance, Arizona, and at the Navajo Forest Products Industry, an $11 million sawmill also run by the tribe.
  • The governmental changes placed remaining tribally owned lands into a more stable federal trust status and provided loans for economic pursuits, such as raising livestock and for education.
  • The invention of the north Arabian camel saddle between about 500 and 100 B.C.E. allowed tribally organized camel raisers to enhance their power and influence.

Words that rhyme with tribal

Bible, intertribal, libel, scribal

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Syllabification: trib·al

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