- Family is defined as a specific group of people that may be made up of partners, children, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.
An example of a family is a set of parents living with their children.
- The definition of family is the group of people who share common ancestors.
An example of family is all the descendants of a specific person.
- Family means a group of things that are similar.
An example of a family the group of languages that are considered romance languages.
A happy family.
family definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete all the people living in the same house; household
- a social unit consisting of parents and the children they rear
- the children of the same parents
- one's husband (or wife) and children
- a group of people related by ancestry or marriage; relatives
- all those claiming descent from a common ancestor; tribe or clan; lineage
- a criminal syndicate under a single leader: a Mafia family
- a commune (sense ) living in one household, esp. under one head
- a group of things having a common source or similar features; specif.,
- Biol. a major category in the classification of animals, plants, etc., ranking above a genus and below an order: it can include one genus or many similar genera: the Latinized family names are capitalized but not italicized (Ex.: Felidae, cats)
- Chem. a group of chemical elements having similar properties, forming one of the vertical columns of the periodic table
- Ecol. a community composed of organisms of the same species
- Linguis. a parent language and all the languages and dialects descended from it
- Math. a set of curves, functions, or other entities with some shared property
Origin: Middle English familie ; from Classical Latin familia, household establishment, akin to famulus, servant ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European an unverified form dhe-mo-, house (; from base an unverified form dhē-: see do) from source Sanskrit dhāman, household
- of or for a family: a family picnic, the family car
- characteristic of or suitable for a family, esp. one regarded as traditional or typical; wholesome, middle-class, etc.: family entertainment, family values
family definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. fam·i·lies
- a. A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.b. Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place.
- All the members of a household under one roof.
- A group of persons sharing common ancestry. See Usage Note at collective noun.
- Lineage, especially distinguished lineage.
- A locally independent organized crime unit, as of the Cosa Nostra.
- a. A group of like things; a class.b. A group of individuals derived from a common stock: the family of human beings.
- Biology A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order and above a genus. A family usually consists of several genera. See Table at taxonomy.
- Linguistics A group of languages descended from the same parent language, such as the Indo-European language family.
- Mathematics A set of functions or surfaces that can be generated by varying the parameters of a general equation.
- Chemistry A group of elements with similar chemical properties.
- Chemistry A vertical column in the periodic table of elements.
- Of or having to do with a family: family problems.
- Being suitable for a family: family movies.
Origin: Middle English familie, from Latin familia, household, servants of a household, from famulus, servant.
family - Cultural Definition
family - Legal Definition
family - Medical Definition
- A group of blood relatives, especially parents and their children.
- A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order and above a genus.
family - Phrases/Idioms
in a family way
family - Science Definition