extended family


Definition of extended family

: a family that includes in one household near relatives (such as grandparents, aunts, or uncles) in addition to a nuclear family Given space, there are ways in which even larger populations than the extended family can be accommodated under one roof.— Paul Oliver also : an extensive group of people who are related by blood or marriage or who otherwise regard themselves as a large family Four out of every five people who go through a first divorce remarry … . Thus it is that husbands and wives, their former partners, children and stepchildren, and a whole constellation of grandparents and other relatives are brought together in the new American extended family. — Michael Norman During his five years at Owen High, he turned his teams into an extended family and tried to instill in his players the same sense of self-worth that Baldwin had imparted to him years before. — William Nack

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Synonyms for extended family


home, house, household, ménage

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Examples of extended family in a Sentence

their extended family includes a grandmother and widowed aunt

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Gee is the judge who denied the administration’s request last year to extend family detentions. Kevin Johnson, The Conversation, "Changes for a landmark agreement mean immigrant children face harsher treatment in US," 22 Aug. 2019 And ahead of parliamentary elections in November, PiS has promised to extend Family 500+ to cover all children. Monika Rębała, The Christian Science Monitor, "Poland and Hungary need people. Do more benefits lead to more births?," 11 July 2019 Years and Years focuses on one large, extended family in Britain, the Lyons clan. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: HBO's 'Years and Years' Is Unsettling, But Needs to Be Seen," 31 July 2019 Wang turns her frustration and bewilderment into a gentle exploration of the cultural differences and generational schisms that have, over the years, opened up within Nai Nai’s extended family. New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Farewell,’ a Sham Wedding Is Really a Premature Funeral," 11 July 2019 Waldmeir also leaves behind sisters Patti and Lindsey Waldmeir, brother Christopher Waldmeir and extended family. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms councilman Peter Waldmeir dies at 65," 1 July 2019 This extends to the rest of the household, including children, extended family members, and even pets. Ramona Sentinel, "Crime Prevention Corner: Domestic abuse comes in many forms," 26 June 2019 She is also survived by her sons Bradford and Bryan Meinken of Orlando, FL, extended family, and many friends. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/20," 20 June 2019 Baby wolves stay for two years with their mother and father and extended family, who teach their offspring the difficult but critical task of taking down wild prey. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Puppies' cuteness peaks right when they need humans most, study finds," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of extended family

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of extended family was circa 1935

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English Language Learners Definition of extended family

: a family that includes not only parents and children but also other relatives (such as grandparents, aunts, or uncles)

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Medical Definition of extended family

: a family that includes in one household near relatives in addition to a nuclear family

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