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definition of the word family

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Family (people)


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Family (taxonomy)


Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
seems soul French #400: family earth live hard

Latin familia, from famula (servant).


countable and uncountable; families

family (countable and uncountable; plural families)

  1. (countable) A father, mother and their sons and daughters; also called nuclear family.
    Her nuclear family was very small.
  2. (countable) A group of people related by blood, marriage, law, or custom.
  3. (countable) A kin, tribe; also called extended family.
  4. (countable, biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank.
    Magnolias belong to the family Magnoliaceae.
  5. (countable) A group of people who live together.
    This is my fraternity family at the university.
  6. (countable) A group of people similar to related by blood, marriage, law, or custom.
    Our company is one big happy family.
  7. (uncountable) Collectively, people who are members of one's intimate social group.
    They treated me like family.
  8. (countable) Any group or aggregation of things classed together as kindred or related from possessing in common characteristics which distinguish them from other things of the same order.
  9. (countable, music) A group of instrument having the same basic method of tone production.
    the brass family
    the violin family
  10. (countable, linguistics) A group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language.
    the Indo-European language family
    the Afro-Asiatic language family

In some dialects, family is used as a plurale tantum.

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