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Meaning of GENS

Pronunciation:  jenz

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  family based on male descent; "he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name"

GENS is a 4 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: name
 See Also: family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gens\ (j[e^]nz), n.; pl. {Gentes} (j[e^]n"t[=e]z). [L. See
{Gentle}, a.] (Rom. Hist.)
1. A clan or family connection, embracing several families of
   the same stock, who had a common name and certain common
   religious rites; a subdivision of the Roman curia or

2. (Ethnol.) A minor subdivision of a tribe, among American
   aborigines. It includes those who have a common descent,
   and bear the same totem.

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