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Definitions of Family

  1. a collection of things sharing a common attribute; " there are two classes of detergents"
  2. primary social group; parents and children; " he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
  3. 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"
  4. a person having kinship with another or others; " he's kin"; " he's family"
  5. a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
  6. people descended from a common ancestor; " his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
  7. The collective body of persons who live in one house, and under one head or manager; a household, including parents, children, and servants, and, as the case may be, lodgers or boarders.
  8. The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society.
  9. Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe, clan, or race; kindred; house; as, the human family; the family of Abraham; the father of a family.
  10. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.
  11. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family.
  12. A group of organisms, either animal or vegetable, related by certain points of resemblance in structure or development, more comprehensive than a genus, because it is usually based on fewer or less pronounced points of likeness. In zoology a family is less comprehesive than an order; in botany it is often considered the same thing as an order.
  13. A social group consisting of parents or parent substitutes and children.
  14. A household; children as distinguished from the parent; a body of persons descended from the parent; a body of persons descended from a common ancestor; tribe; race; genealogy; class; a group of animals larger than a genus or class, but less than an order; in botany. an order.
  15. 1. A group of blood relatives, or, more strictly, the parents and their children. 2. In biological classification a division, denoted by the termination - idea, between the order and the genus.
  16. The household, or all those who live in one house under one head; the descendants of one common progenitor; race; honorable or noble descent; a group of animals, plants, languages, etc., more comprehensive than a genus.
  17. Household; descendants of one ancestor; race; class.
  18. Of, belonging to, or suitable for a family.
  19. A group of persons, consisting of parents and their children; a household; house; line; clan; tribe; race.
  20. Distinguished or ancient lineage; descent.
  21. A class or group of like or related things.
  22. A household, living in one house and under one head, including parents and children, and primarily, as well as sometimes still, servants; the children of a household; those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe or race; kindred; lineage; course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; honourable descent; noble or respectable stock; a collection or union of nations or states; a group of animals or other natural productions, more extensive than a genus and less than an order; an order.
  23. A household; descendants from one common progenitor; race; lineage; in nat. hist. classifications, the group next in comprehensiveness above a genus; kind, tribe, or group.
  24. Term used in classification, signifying one group of an Order.
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Usage examples for Family

  1. How happy would she be if there had been such a one in her mother's family, and were she with her now! – The Girl at Cobhurst by Frank Richard Stockton
  2. This child is of good family and of good name. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  3. All the family are here; my father better than I have seen him these two years; my mother the same as ever. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  4. Otherwise family history negative. – Studies in Forensic Psychiatry by Bernard Glueck
  5. In duty to my father, or the family, or what? – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  6. Their family name was Chandroz. – The Prussian Terror by Alexandre Dumas
  7. I shall see your wife, if in London, as well as her family. – The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders by Ernest Scott
  8. You would not have had me leave him in the street with his family, would you? – Leigh Hunt's Relations with Byron, Shelley and Keats by Barnette Miller
  9. All her family moved away years ago. – The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
  10. There can't be two wise ones in a family. – The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
  11. The truth is, Pete, Mr. Farron is the real person in that whole family. – The Happiest Time of Their Lives by Alice Duer Miller
  12. Do you think the family will stand for me?" – A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  13. But the family didn't like it. – More Jonathan Papers by Elisabeth Woodbridge
  14. Then it does go in the family! – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  15. One of your family is my child's father. – Nature and Art by Mrs. Inchbald
  16. He is the head of the family, it is true, but he is only one of the family, after all. – The Young Man and the World by Albert J. Beveridge
  17. The house, perhaps, was safe, but what of the family? – Some Three Hundred Years Ago by Edith Gilman Brewster
  18. And what have I done for that family, sir? – The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray
  19. One to my family, the other- to the woman I was to have married! – Then Marched the Brave by Harriet T. Comstock
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