family

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1fam·i·ly

noun \ˈfam-lē, ˈfa-mə-\

: a group of people who are related to each other

: a person's children

: a group of related people including people who lived in the past

plural fam·i·lies

Full Definition of FAMILY

1
:  a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head :  household
2
a :  a group of persons of common ancestry :  clan
b :  a people or group of peoples regarded as deriving from a common stock :  race
3
a :  a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation :  fellowship
b :  the staff of a high official (as the President)
4
:  a group of things related by common characteristics: as
a :  a closely related series of elements or chemical compounds
b :  a group of soils with similar chemical and physical properties (as texture, pH, and mineral content) that comprise a category ranking above the series and below the subgroup in soil classification
c :  a group of related languages descended from a single ancestral language
5
a :  the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; also :  any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family <a single-parent family>
b :  spouse and children <want to spend more time with my family>
6
a :  a group of related plants or animals forming a category ranking above a genus and below an order and usually comprising several to many genera
b in livestock breeding
(1) :  the descendants or line of a particular individual especially of some outstanding female (2) :  an identifiable strain within a breed
7
:  a set of curves or surfaces whose equations differ only in parameters
8
:  a unit of a crime syndicate (as the Mafia) operating within a geographical area
fam·i·ly·hood \-ˌhd\ noun

Examples of FAMILY

  1. There were a lot of families at the circus.
  2. The show is fun for the whole family.
  3. a death in the family
  4. There are several doctors on his mother's side of the family.
  5. She wants to spend more time with her family.
  6. After his father's death he became the head of the family.
  7. She's a friend of the family.
  8. He spent a quiet evening at home with family.
  9. trying to find a balance between work and family
  10. He's devoted to his wife and family.
  11. The disappearance of decent-paying low-skilled jobs over the last 30 years makes it virtually impossible for a young high-school dropout to successfully support a family on a legitimate income. —Karen De Witt, Essence, August 1994

Origin of FAMILY

Middle English familie, from Latin familia household (including servants as well as kin of the householder), from famulus servant
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

2fam·i·ly

adjective \ˈfam-lē, ˈfa-mə-\

: of or relating to a family

: designed or suitable for both children and adults

Full Definition of FAMILY

1
:  of or relating to a family (see 1family)
2
:  designed or suitable for both children and adults <family restaurants> <family movies>

Origin of FAMILY

(see 1family)
First Known Use: 1602

fam·i·ly

noun \ˈfam-(ə-)lē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural fam·i·lies

Medical Definition of FAMILY

1
: the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; also : any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family <a single-parent family>
2
: a group of related plants or animals forming a category ranking above a genus and below an order and usually comprising several to many genera
family adjective

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