I would be grateful if there are any supporters about my question at History.

History recommended and put on hold because the question should be rather asked either at ELU o ELL.

I appreciate any answer in advance.

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They both refer to family relationships, though depending on cultural and historical context clan may refer to something broader.

When taking clan to mean strictly a group of people related by blood or marriage, the same meaning as family, it would tend to connote a much more extended relationship group than family. Family can mean something as broad, but usually only does so if context indicates it or you use extra words.

There are, I understand, historical/cultural contexts where it actually meant a family plus other families who were loyal to them.


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