extended family

noun

Definition of extended family

  1. :  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

Examples of extended family in a sentence

  1. their extended family includes a grandmother and widowed aunt

Circa 1935

First Known Use of extended family

circa 1935


EXTENDED FAMILY Defined for English Language Learners

extended family

noun

Definition of extended family for English Language Learners

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


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extended family

noun

Medical Definition of extended family

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


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