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[klan] /klæn/
a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
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Klanism, noun Unabridged
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  • In some cases there had been a liberal construction of orders and of what was by common consent the law of the Klan.

    Ku Klux Klan J. C. Lester
  • The battle-flag of the Klan,” he said; “the standard of the Grand Dragon.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • Many outrages were committed in the name of Ku Klux that really were done by irresponsible parties who never belonged to the Klan.

  • In the centre of the line waved from a gold-tipped spear the battle-flag of the Klan.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • I found also that some $21,000 of Klan funds had been given the Lanier University without security.

    The Modern Ku Klux Klan Henry Peck Fry
British Dictionary definitions for Klan


the Klan, short for Ku Klux Klan
Derived Forms
Klanism, noun
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Word Origin and History for Klan

1867, short for ku klux klan.

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