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Meaning & Definition of Family in English





1. A social unit living together

  • "He moved his family to virginia"
  • "It was a good christian household"
  • "I waited until the whole house was asleep"
  • "The teacher asked how many people made up his home"
  • family,
  • household,
  • house,
  • home,
  • menage

2. Primary social group

  • Parents and children
  • "He wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
  • family,
  • family unit

3. A collection of things sharing a common attribute

  • "There are two classes of detergents"
  • class,
  • category,
  • family

4. People descended from a common ancestor

  • "His family has lived in massachusetts since the mayflower"
  • family,
  • family line,
  • folk,
  • kinfolk,
  • kinsfolk,
  • sept,
  • phratry

5. A person having kinship with another or others

  • "He's kin"
  • "He's family"
  • kin,
  • kinsperson,
  • family

6. (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera

  • "Sharks belong to the fish family"
  • family

7. A loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

  • syndicate,
  • crime syndicate,
  • mob,
  • family

8. An association of people who share common beliefs or activities

  • "The message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family"
  • "The church welcomed new members into its fellowship"
  • family,
  • fellowship

Examples of using

Tom was like a member of our family.
The museum took down the picture of the royal family.
You're a disgrace to this family!