extended family

noun

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

Synonyms

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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Even Laxalt’s extended family opposes the Republican candidate, with two of his cousins hosting a fundraiser for Sisolak, and five more family members attending. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "The 13 most important governor elections in 2018, briefly explained," 15 Oct. 2018 British newspaper the Daily Telegraph said Tuesday that several members of Ms. Markle’s extended family who weren’t invited to the wedding had come to London this week. Jenny Gross, WSJ, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Isn’t Just a Modern Love Story. It Marks a More Modern Monarchy," 16 May 2018 Friends and extended family members have also not been able to offer much insight into what preceded the family’s car crash, which authorities say might have been intentional. Katie Reilly, Time, "Parents in the Deadly California Cliff Crash Were Allowed to Keep Home-Schooling Despite Abuse Claims," 16 Apr. 2018 Most of my immediate and extended family members were overweight and struggling with heart disease and diabetes. Abigail Cuffey, Woman's Day, "How I Lost 170 Pounds," 30 Jan. 2012 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. Philip Issa, Fox News, "Syrian rebels agree to give up Daraa, cradle of 2011 revolt," 13 July 2018 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

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circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

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extended family

noun

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)

extended family

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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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