Etymology
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Klan (n.)

1867, short for ku klux klan.

updated on November 29, 2012

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Definitions of Klan from WordNet

Klan (n.)
a secret society of white Southerners in the United States; was formed in the 19th century to resist the emancipation of slaves; used terrorist tactics to suppress Black people;
Synonyms: Ku Klux Klan / kkk
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