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  1. fam·i·ly
  2. noun

    • 1. a group of one or more parents and their children living together as a unit:

      the family lived in a large house with a lot of land the family home
    • 2. a group of people related to one another by blood or marriage:

      friends and family can provide support I could not turn him away, for he was family
      Synonym : relatives, relations, blood relations, family members, kin, next of kin, kinsfolk, kinsmen, kinswomen, kindred, one's (own) flesh and blood, connections, extended family, clan, tribe, fam, folks, nearest and dearest, people
    • 3. the children of a person or couple:

      she has the sole responsibility for a large family
      Synonym : children, little ones, youngsters, offspring, progeny, descendants, scions, heirs, brood, kids, kiddies, kiddiewinks, tots, sprogs, quiverful, issue
    • 4. a group of people united in criminal activity.

    • 5. all the descendants of a common ancestor:

      the house has been owned by the same family for 300 years
      Synonym : ancestry, parentage, birth, pedigree, genealogy, background, family tree, descent, lineage, line, line of descent, bloodline, blood, extraction, derivation, race, strain, stock, breed, dynasty, house, forebears, forefathers, antecedents, progenitors, roots, origins, filiation, stirps
    • 6. a race or group of peoples from a common stock.

    • 7. a group of related things:

      all manuscripts that share this reading constitute a family
    • 8. a principal taxonomic category that ranks above genus and below order, usually ending in -idae (in zoology) or -aceae (in botany):

      the cabbage family
      Synonym : taxonomic group, group, order, class, subclass, genus, species, stock, strain, line, taxon, phylum
    • 9. all the languages ultimately derived from a particular early language, regarded as a group:

      the Austronesian language family
    • 10. a group of curves or surfaces obtained by varying the value of a constant in the equation generating them.


    • 1. designed to be suitable for children as well as adults:

      a family newspaper
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: family, plural noun: families

    • noun

      a group of one or more parents and their children living together as a unit:

      a group of people related by blood or marriage:

    • adjective

      designed to be suitable for children as well as adults:
    • adjective

      designating a style of preparation or serving of food in which diners help themselves from plates of food that have been put on the table:

      suitable for an entire family, including children:

    • adverb

      with plates of food from which individual diners can serve themselves:
    • plural

      valuable items of jewelry belonging to a particular family and handed down from one generation to the next:

      a man's genitals.

    • noun

      a surname.

      a family's good reputation:

    • noun

      the practice of controlling the number of children in a family and the intervals between their births, particularly by means of artificial contraception or voluntary sterilization:

      artificial contraception:

    • noun

      the work of a doctor who provides primary healthcare to members of the local community:

      the business or premises of a doctor providing primary healthcare to members of the local community:

    • noun

      a family considered to rank first in social prestige or pedigree in a particular place.

      the family of the president of the US or of the governor of a US state, or of the chief executive of another political unit.

    • noun

      a family consisting of a couple and their children from this and all previous relationships.
    • noun

      a period in the evening during which many children and their families watch television, especially 8 to 9 p.m.:
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