Family definition

fămə-lē, fămlē
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People in the same line of descent; lineage.

Comes from an old Virginia family.

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Being suitable for a family.

Family movies.

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Relating to or having to do with a family.

Family problems.

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(obs.) All the people living in the same house; household.
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Of or for a family.

A family picnic, the family car.

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A group of organisms ranking above a genus and below an order. The names of families end in –ae, a plural ending in Latin. In the animal kingdom, family names end in –idae, as in Canidae (dogs and their kin), while those in the plant kingdom usually end in –aceae, as in Rosaceae (roses and their kin).
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People in the same line of descent; lineage.

Comes from an old Virginia family.

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A group of people related by ancestry or marriage; relatives.
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All those claiming descent from a common ancestor; tribe or clan; lineage.
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A commune living in one household, esp. under one head.
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A criminal syndicate under a single leader.

A Mafia family.

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A locally independent organized crime unit, as of the Cosa Nostra.
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Of or having to do with a family.

Family problems.

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A group of individuals who share ties of blood, marriage, or adoption; a group residing together and consisting of parents, children, and other relatives by blood or marriage; a group of individuals residing together who have consented to an arrangement similar to ties of blood or marriage.
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A social unit consisting of parents and the children they rear.
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Characteristic of or suitable for a family, esp. one regarded as traditional or typical; wholesome, middle-class, etc.

Family entertainment.

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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.

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(biology) A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order and above a genus. A family usually consists of several genera.
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(obsolete) All the members of a household living under one roof.
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One's spouse and children.
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(linguistics) A group of languages descended from the same parent language, such as the Indo-European language family.
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Family means a group of things that are similar.

An example of a family the group of languages that are considered romance languages.

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(mathematics) A set of functions or surfaces that can be generated by varying the parameters of a general equation.
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(physics) Any of the three generations of elementary fermions.
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The children of one of these groups.

She raised a large family.

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A group of persons related by descent or marriage.

My whole family, including my cousins, gets together once a year.

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A group of things having a common source or similar features.
  • (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.
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The children of the same parents.
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(biology) A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order and above a genus. A family usually consists of several genera.
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(countable) A father, mother and their sons and daughters; also called nuclear family.

Our family lives in town.

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A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.
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A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.
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A group of elements with similar chemical properties.
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(countable) A group of people related by blood, marriage, law, or custom.

Crime family, Mafia family.

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(countable) A kin, tribe; also called extended family.
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(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.

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(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.

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(countable, music) A group of instruments having the same basic method of tone production.

The brass family; the violin family.

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(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.

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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.

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Conservative, traditional.

The cultural struggle is for the survival of family values against all manner of atheistic amorality.

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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.

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A group of like things; a class.

The family of brass instruments.

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A group of individuals derived from a common stock.

The family of human beings.

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The children of one of these groups.

They raised a large family.

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A group of persons related by descent or marriage.

My whole family, including my cousins, gets together once a year.

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(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.

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A vertical column in the periodic table of elements.
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Used attributively.

The dog was kept as a family pet.

For Apocynaceae, this type of flower is a family characteristic.

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A vertical column in the periodic table of elements.
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A group of elements with similar chemical properties.
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(slang) Homosexual.

I knew he was family when I first met him.

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in the family way
  • Pregnant.
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in a family way
  • pregnant; with child
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
family
Plural:
families

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in the family way

Origin of family

  • Middle English familie from Latin familia household, servants of a household from famulus servant

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Early Modern English familie (not in Middle English), from Latin familia (“the servants in a household, domestics collectively”), from famulus (“servant”)/famula (“female servant”), from Old Latin famul, of obscure origin. Perhaps derived from or cognate to Oscan famel (“servant”).

    From Wiktionary