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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Edmund is survived by his sister - Joan Riccardi of New Britain, CT and his three nephews - Michael and Matthew Riccardi both of Newington, CT and Marc Riccardi of New Britain, CT and extended family. courant.com, "Edmund W. Kalinowski," 14 July 2018 Masalmeh, the media activist, said he was smuggled out of southwest Syria to Jordan four days ago, leaving his parents and extended family in Daraa. Philip Issa, Fox News, "Syrian rebels agree to give up Daraa, cradle of 2011 revolt," 13 July 2018 Masalmeh, the media activist, said he was smuggled out of southwest Syria to Jordan four days ago, leaving his parents and extended family in Daraa. Washington Post, "Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt," 12 July 2018 At roughly the same time, a large, extended family from southern France was making its way down the coast of Italy to Abruzzo, about 125 miles east of Rome. David Farley, WSJ, "Where to Feast on Italy’s Freshest Seafood? These Historic Piers," 10 July 2018 This includes neighbors, extended family, paid or family babysitters and parents of playmates. Anneliese Dickman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kids and guns: What you need to know to keep your young child safe," 19 Jan. 2018 Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and extended family members and friends. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Ruby M. Cole," 12 July 2018 She is survived by her two stepdaughters, Lorraine E. Dales and Linda Hartsock-Kegley, both of Orlando, and her cousin, Patricia Becker Oles of Orlando, as well as other extended family members and a great many friends in Central Florida and beyond. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/1," 1 July 2018 He is also survived by his grandchildren Colleen, Claire, Ashley, Michael, Christina, Ariana, and Erica, as well as several extended family members in North Carolina. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/1," 1 July 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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