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family

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noun fam·i·ly \ˈfam-lē, ˈfa-mə-\

Simple Definition of family

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of family

plural

families

  1. 1 :  a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head :  household

  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 7 :  a set of curves or surfaces whose equations differ only in parameters

  8. 8 :  a unit of a crime syndicate (as the Mafia) operating within a geographical area

familyhood

play \-ˌhu̇d\ noun

Examples of family in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. A defendant in a racketeering trial was described yesterday as a Mafia captain who had carried out a plot to kill three rivals in the Bonanno crime family. —Arnold H. Lubasch, New York Times, 30 Apr. 1987

  3. Nobody ever came to the farm—through “the big gate,” a mile off on the pike—except kin and a family named Rawls: a widow with two daughters and a son, my only playmate. —Robert Penn Warren, Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back, 1980

  4. It was quite an understood thing in the family that Lord Fawn must marry money. —Anthony Trollope, The Eustace Diamonds, 1871

  5. There were a lot of families at the circus.

  6. The show is fun for the whole family.

  7. a death in the family

  8. There are several doctors on his mother's side of the family.

  9. She wants to spend more time with her family.

  10. After his father's death he became the head of the family.

  11. She's a friend of the family.

  12. He spent a quiet evening at home with family.

  13. trying to find a balance between work and family

  14. He's devoted to his wife and family.



Origin and Etymology 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


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family

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adjective fam·i·ly \ˈfam-lē, ˈfa-mə-\

Simple Definition of family

  • : of or relating to a family

  • : designed or suitable for both children and adults

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of family

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a family (see 1family)

  2. 2 :  designed or suitable for both children and adults <family restaurants> <family movies>

Origin and Etymology of family

(see 1family)


First Known Use: 1602



FAMILY Defined for Kids

family

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noun fam·i·ly \ˈfa-mə-lē, ˈfam-lē\

Definition of family for Students

plural

families

  1. 1 :  a social group made up of parents and their children

  2. 2 :  a group of people who come from the same ancestor <You resemble your mother's side of the family.>

  3. 3 :  a group of people living together :  household

  4. 4 :  a group of things sharing certain characteristics <a family of languages>

  5. 5 :  a group of related living things (as plants or animals) that ranks above the genus and below the order in scientific classification <Domestic cats, lions, and tigers are some of the members of the cat family.>




Medical Dictionary

family

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noun fam·i·ly \ˈfam-(ə-)lē\

Medical Definition of family

plural

families

  1. 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. 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



Law Dictionary

family

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noun fam·i·ly \ˈfam-lē, ˈfa-mə-\

Legal Definition of family

plural

families

  1. 1 :  a group of individuals related by blood, marriage, or adoption

  2. 2 :  a group of usually related individuals who live together under common household authority and especially who have reciprocal duties to each other

familial

\fə-ˈmil-yəl\ play adjective


Additional Notes on family

The interpretation of the word family in a law context depends upon the area of the law concerned (as contract or zoning law), the purpose of the document (as a statute or contract) in which it is used, and the facts of the case. Often for zoning purposes, the occupants of a group home are considered a family if the organization is like that of a family or if the home is going to be a permanent rather than a transitional residence for the occupants.



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