What does Family mean?

Definitions for Family
ˈfæm ə li, ˈfæm liFam·i·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Family.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. family, household, house, home, menage(noun)

    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"

  2. family, family unit(noun)

    primary social group; parents and children

    "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"

  3. class, category, family(noun)

    a collection of things sharing a common attribute

    "there are two classes of detergents"

  4. family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry(noun)

    people descended from a common ancestor

    "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"

  5. kin, kinsperson, family(noun)

    a person having kinship with another or others

    "he's kin"; "he's family"

  6. family(noun)

    (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera

    "sharks belong to the fish family"

  7. syndicate, crime syndicate, mob, family(noun)

    a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

  8. family, fellowship(noun)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. family(Noun)

    A father, mother and their sons and daughters; also called nuclear family.

    Our family lives in town.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  2. family(Noun)

    A group of people related by blood, marriage, law, or custom.

    crime family, Mafia family

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  3. family(Noun)

    A kin, tribe; also called extended family.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  4. family(Noun)

    A rank in the classification of organisms, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank.

    Magnolias belong to the family Magnoliaceae.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  5. family(Noun)

    A group of people who live together, or one that is similar to one that is related by blood, marriage, law, or custom, or members of one's intimate social group.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  6. family(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  7. family(Noun)

    A group of instrument having the same basic method of tone production.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  8. family(Noun)

    A group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  9. family(Adjective)

    Suitable for children and adults.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  10. family(Adjective)

    Conservative, traditional.

    The cultural struggle is for the survival of family values against all manner of atheistic amorality.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  11. family(Adjective)

    Homosexual.

    I knew he was family when I first met him.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

Wikipedia

  1. Family

    In the context of human society, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people related either by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage or other relationship), or co-residence (as implied by the etymology of the English word "family") or some combination of these. The purpose of families is to maintain the well-being of its members and of society. Ideally, families would offer predictability, structure, and safety as members mature and participate in the community. In most societies, it is within families children acquire socialization for life outside the family. Additionally, as the basic unit for meeting the basic needs of its members, it provides a sense of boundaries for performing tasks in a heterosexual environment, ideally builds a person into a functional adult, transmits culture, and ensures continuity of humankind with precedents of knowledge. Anthropologists generally classify most family organizations as matrifocal (a mother and her children); conjugal (a wife, her husband, and children, also called the nuclear family); avuncular (for example, a grandparent, a brother, his sister, and her children); or extended (parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent's family). Members of the immediate family may include spouses, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters. Members of the extended family may include aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and siblings-in-law. Sometimes these are also considered members of the immediate family, depending on an individual's specific relationship with them. Sexual relations among the members are regulated by rules concerning incest such as the incest taboo. The word "families" can be used metaphorically to create more inclusive categories such as community, nationhood, global village, and humanism. The field of genealogy aims to trace family lineages through history. The family is also an important economic unit studied in family economics.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Family(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [L. familia, fr. famulus servant; akin to Oscan famel servant, cf. faamat he dwells, Skr. dhman house, fr. dhto set, make, do: cf. F. famille. Cf. Do, v. t., Doom, Fact, Feat.]

  2. Family(verb)

    the group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society

    Etymology: [L. familia, fr. famulus servant; akin to Oscan famel servant, cf. faamat he dwells, Skr. dhman house, fr. dhto set, make, do: cf. F. famille. Cf. Do, v. t., Doom, Fact, Feat.]

  3. Family(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [L. familia, fr. famulus servant; akin to Oscan famel servant, cf. faamat he dwells, Skr. dhman house, fr. dhto set, make, do: cf. F. famille. Cf. Do, v. t., Doom, Fact, Feat.]

  4. Family(verb)

    course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage

    Etymology: [L. familia, fr. famulus servant; akin to Oscan famel servant, cf. faamat he dwells, Skr. dhman house, fr. dhto set, make, do: cf. F. famille. Cf. Do, v. t., Doom, Fact, Feat.]

  5. Family(verb)

    honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family

    Etymology: [L. familia, fr. famulus servant; akin to Oscan famel servant, cf. faamat he dwells, Skr. dhman house, fr. dhto set, make, do: cf. F. famille. Cf. Do, v. t., Doom, Fact, Feat.]

  6. Family(verb)

    a group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine family

    Etymology: [L. familia, fr. famulus servant; akin to Oscan famel servant, cf. faamat he dwells, Skr. dhman house, fr. dhto set, make, do: cf. F. famille. Cf. Do, v. t., Doom, Fact, Feat.]

  7. Family(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [L. familia, fr. famulus servant; akin to Oscan famel servant, cf. faamat he dwells, Skr. dhman house, fr. dhto set, make, do: cf. F. famille. Cf. Do, v. t., Doom, Fact, Feat.]

Freebase

  1. Family

    In human context, a family is a group of people affiliated by consanguinity, affinity, or co-residence. In most societies it is the principal institution for the socialization of children. Anthropologists most generally classify family organization as matrilocal; conjugal; and consanguineal in which parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent's family. There are also concepts of family that break with tradition within particular societies, or those that are transplanted via migration to flourish or else cease within their new societies. As a unit of socialization the family is the object of analysis for sociologists of the family. Genealogy is a field which aims to trace family lineages through history. In science, the term "family" has come to be used as a means to classify groups of objects as being closely and exclusively related. In the study of animals it has been found that many species form groups that have similarities to human "family"—often called "packs." Sexual relations among family members are regulated by rules concerning incest such as the incest taboo.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Family

    fam′i-li, n. the household, or all those who live in one house under one head, including parents, children, servants: the children of a person: the descendants of one common progenitor: race: honourable or noble descent: a group of animals, plants, languages, &c. more comprehensive than a genus.—ns. Fam′ilism, the family feeling; Fam′ilist, one of the 16th-cent. mystical sect known as the Family of Love, which based religion upon love independently of faith.—Family Bible, a large Bible for family worship, with a page for recording family events; Family coach, a large carriage able to carry a whole family; Family man, a man with a family: a domesticated man.—Be in the family way, to be pregnant; In a family way, in a domestic manner. [L. familiafamulus, a servant.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Family

    A social group consisting of parents or parent substitutes and children.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. FAMILY

    Originally a wife and several children, a matter of pride to the possessor. Now obsolete among the careful, or confined to the wife, a bull pup and a canary bird.

Editors Contribution

  1. family

    A group of people who live at a house, dwelling or property as a group or unit.

    Family can take so many forms in 2020, what is important is that they act and feel like a family.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Family' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #234

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Family' in Written Corpus Frequency: #511

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Family' in Nouns Frequency: #36

How to pronounce Family?

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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say Family in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Family in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Family in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Family in a Sentence

  1. Pete Gerken:

    All Americans have the right to free speech and to exercise their right to express their opinions, the Toledo police department and all law enforcement professionals did a great job yesterday protecting everyones safety in the downtown area. Like so many other Americans, we feel strongly about the views of President Trump. We will deal with this issue as a family.

  2. Carlos Jr.:

    My family feels like we are just being abandoned.

  3. Cameron Heron:

    It was horrendous to watch. She was throwing up all this blood and skin. I really thought she was going to die. While doctors managed to stabilize Heron, the condition continued to ravage her body, leaving the skin on her face, chest, back, and arms so burnt that it fell away. Her lips also swelled to the point where they burst and her mouth became covered in painful ulcers. Doctors told us it was one of the worst cases they had ever seen, Carmen Heron said. Danika was barely conscious most of the time, and had this button to press to get pain relief when it became too much. Her organs were failing and she had so much internal scarring. She was being burnt from the inside out. Her entire body was bandaged, and when the dressings were removed, her skin came away too. Finally, after three weeks, Heron slowly began to rally and was discharged six days later. But, her journey was far from over, as she was left with side-effects such as the loss of her hair and nails. Her skin is still healing to this day and she also needs hearing aids as the insides of her ears are so scarred. As well as the physical fallout, she is also fighting the emotional legacy of SJS, having suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Were still dealing with SJS - it didnt stop when we left hospital, Carmen Heron said. Danika will have days where she feels incredibly low and struggles with flashbacks of being in hospital. Thankfully, if she feels that way, she will phone us right away. We have found that, as a family, its good to talk rather than bottle everything up, however difficult those memories might be. Another side-effect of Heronsordeal was the warning by doctors that, due to the amount of internal scarring she had sustained, it was unlikely she would ever conceive. According to the U.S. Library of National Medicine, SJS and TEN often cause the tissue around the mucous membranes which line various cavities in the body, including the eyes, ears, mouth, vagina, and urethra, as well as covering the organs to die. As a result, women can experience vaginal lesions that lead to painful intercourse, difficulty conceiving, and even infertility. The doctors said they could refer her to a gynecologist to run some tests, but she never went I think she didnt want to hear the answers, Carmen Heron said. But, in December 2018, the Heron family received some news they thought they would never hear. Danika rang me crying. I immediately panicked and said, Whats wrong ?

  4. Keisha Lance Bottoms:

    Christopher Edwards Jr. and Erin Edwards were beautiful, vibrant, and brilliant young adults, whom we had the pleasure of knowing their entire lives. They filled the lives of all who met them with joy, compassion, and kindness. May the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding, be with the Christopher Edwards Jr. family and all who had the honor to have known them.

  5. Laura Calderwood:

    My thoughts are with the family.

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