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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Examples of extended family in a Sentence

their extended family includes a grandmother and widowed aunt
Recent Examples on the Web Encouraged by his therapist to confront his unresolved emotional issues with his parents, Jeff travels alone to their annual Fourth of July celebration at their lake house, with numerous extended family members in attendance. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 June 2022 The Clarks plan to add bunk beds for some of their 14-plus extended family members, and then rent out the home to recoup part of their monthly costs. Alina Dizik, WSJ, 29 June 2022 The Half of It and Saving Face — featured a son coming out to his extended family, including his supportive mother. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 11 May 2022 After moving from Troy to extended family in the Montgomery area, Varner and other coaches noticed what colleges would eventually pursue. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 3 May 2022 Ira Shostakovich, a relative of the famous composer Dmitri Shostakovich, according to her family, arrived in the Bay Area on Saturday, with her mother and 18-year-old brother, George to stay with extended family in Novato. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Mar. 2022 One assumed pro of the USC job — beyond taking over what many consider a top-five program where competing for national championships is the expectation — is being able to raise three children close to their extended family. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 There are stresses in our life, but they are mostly related to extended family. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 Improving her language skills helps Wang communicate with both her parents and extended family abroad. Damian Danemann, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 July 2022 See More

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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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3 Aug 2022

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“Extended family.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extended%20family. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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