nuclear family

noun

Definition of nuclear family

: a family group that consists only of parents and children

Examples of nuclear family in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The more ancient communal, multigenerational living situation contrasts with the stereotypical American nuclear family in which parents and kids live apart from other relatives—although in reality, many variations exist in households today. Elizabeth Landau, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Much Did Grandmothers Influence Human Evolution?," 4 Jan. 2021 The safest way to celebrate the holiday is to confine gatherings to nuclear family only, Dobbs said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Vaccine freezer, Christmas cheer, Iditarod trail switch: News from around our 50 states," 24 Dec. 2020 While Thanksgiving was always the boisterous gathering with extended family, Christmas was the quieter, intimate time with our nuclear family that kept the rest of the world at bay. Natalie Johnson, NBC News, "Natalie Johnson: The year that changed us, and how we're learning to grieve," 21 Dec. 2020 These stories both satisfy a base appetite for the odd and serve as a projection of Western anxieties about the dissolution of the nuclear family particularly and society more broadly. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "How The New Yorker Fell Into the “Weird Japan” Trap," 17 Dec. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic, by underscoring human vulnerability and interdependence, has inspired people to imagine networks of care beyond the nuclear family. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Arts and Culture," 16 Dec. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic, by underscoring human vulnerability and interdependence, has inspired people to imagine networks of care beyond the nuclear family. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Arts and Culture," 16 Dec. 2020 During the late 1940s into the '60s, a nuclear family that provided a home for children was considered the norm. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MASTERSON ONLINE: Yesteryear versus today," 5 Dec. 2020 Hunter is the only member of Biden’s original nuclear family who remains. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Why Hunter?," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of nuclear family

1924, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2021

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“Nuclear family.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nuclear%20family. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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nuclear family

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nuclear family

: the part of a family that includes only the father, mother, and children

nuclear family

noun

Medical Definition of nuclear family

: a family group that consists only of father, mother, and children — see extended family

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