family[fam′ə lē, fam′lē]
A happy family.
- 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.
- 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 of familyMiddle 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
in a family way
- a. A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.b. The children of one of these groups: She raised a large family.c. A group of persons related by descent or marriage: My whole family, including my cousins, gets together once a year. See Usage Note at collective noun.
- People in the same line of descent; lineage: comes from an old Virginia family.
- A locally independent organized crime unit, as of the Cosa Nostra.
- a. A group of like things; a class: the family of brass instruments.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.
- 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. A group of elements with similar chemical properties.b. A vertical column in the periodic table of elements.
- Physics Any of the three generations of elementary fermions.
- Of or having to do with a family: family problems.
- Being suitable for a family: family movies.
Origin of familyMiddle English familie, from Latin familia, household, servants of a household, from famulus, servant.
(countable and uncountable, plural families)
- (countable) A father, mother and their sons and daughters; also called nuclear family.
- Our family lives in town.
- (countable) A group of people related by blood, marriage, law, or custom.
- crime family, Mafia family
- (countable) A kin, tribe; also called extended family.
- (countable, biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank.
- Magnolias belong to the family Magnoliaceae.
- (countable) A group of people who live together, or one that is similar to one that is related by blood, marriage, law, or custom, or members of one's intimate social group.
- This is my fraternity family at the university.
- Our company is one big happy family.
- They treated me like family.
- (countable) Any group or aggregation of things classed together as kindred or related from possessing in common characteristics which distinguish them from other things of the same order.
- Doliracetam is a drug from the racetam family.
- (countable, music) A group of instruments having the same basic method of tone production.
- the brass family; the violin family
- (countable, linguistics) A group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language.
- the Indo-European language family; the Afro-Asiatic language family
- Used attributively.
- The dog was kept as a family pet.
- For Apocynaceae, this type of flower is a family characteristic.
In some dialects, family is used as a plurale tantum.
- Suitable for children and adults.
- It's not good for a date, it's a family restaurant.
- Some animated movies are not just for kids, they are family movies.
- Conservative, traditional.
- The cultural struggle is for the survival of family values against all manner of atheistic amorality.
- (slang) Homosexual.
- I knew he was family when I first met him.
family - Legal Definition