non·​fam·​i·​ly ˌnän-ˈfam-lē How to pronounce nonfamily (audio)
: not of, relating to, or constituting a family
nonfamily businesses/households
a nonfamily member [=a person who is not a family member]
: not designed or suitable for both children and adults
nonfamily entertainment
… many nonfamily restaurants allow smoking throughout the restaurant … Fodorʼs Japan

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And the fashion high colorist Marco de Vincenzo will become the first nonfamily member to design an Etro collection since the brand was founded in 1968. New York Times, 7 Sep. 2022 The Trump-era cap that limited family remittances to $1,000 every three months is to be lifted, and a ban on nonfamily remittances will be eased to allow payment to independent Cuban entrepreneurs. Karen Deyoung, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 Now, four full and part-time employees are on the payroll: Nohe, her husband Larry Nohe, their daughter Juchs, and the only nonfamily member, a printer. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 22 Feb. 2022 It’s not a bad idea to revisit who is the CEO every five to seven years in a larger company, maybe switching between a family member and a nonfamily member. Chris Ip, The Atlantic, 10 Dec. 2021 Most of the people at social functions with more than 10 nonfamily members were not fully vaccinated. Lynn Vavreck, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 The bill also limits who may turn in a voter’s ballot, allowing only certain family members to do so or limiting individuals to turning in the ballots of just two nonfamily members., 30 Apr. 2021 When Deborah was first born, Kristi was one of the first nonfamily folks who came, saw her, and held her. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, 16 Apr. 2021 The Interloper is a nonfamily member who takes unfair advantage of a senior, often incapacitated. Dallas News, 14 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonfamily was in 1858

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Cite this Entry

“Nonfamily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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