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  
  2. Family

    Family is a group of people by blood, adoption, marriage and friends

    Monogamy Polygamy etc

    Submitted by Lazolk on October 15, 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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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. Russell Westbrook:

    After speaking with my family, I have decided to not participate in this year's Olympics, this was not an easy decision, as representing my country at the World Championships in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012 were career highlights for me. I look forward to future opportunities as a member of USA Basketball.

  2. Shaw Air Force Base:

    I know that these are small gestures, given all that's going on in the 20th Fighter Wing, the weight of things that have happened, and all the sacrifices that you and your family make.

  3. Janine Lutz:

    I had no idea it was that bad, that’s really lighting a fire under my butt to work harder. The Veterans Crisis Line provides 24/7 support to veterans in distress, as well as concerned friends and family members. Staffers are available by phone at 800-273-8255 (Press 1), online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, and via text at 838255. The volume of phone calls the Crisis Line receives is staggering. The VA told Fox News that since October 31, 2017, the Veterans Crisis Line has fielded approximately 222,000 calls from veterans who are having thoughts of suicide. That is in addition to the 49,000 calls from family members or friends who are concerned about a veteran who is considering suicide. That breaks down to nearly 950 calls from veterans (or nearly 40 calls per hour) every day since Halloween, and more than 200 calls a day from friends and family. Lutz, who li ves in Florida, is affectionately referred to by many in the veterans' community as.

  4. Leslie Anderson:

    Bill has proven himself worthy of continued employment as our executive director. He has done good work here and has improved the lives of the people of western North Carolina. We continue to stand in support of Bill Murdock. i called Joe and he, out of his own pocket, paid for the family to go, and then we decided, you know, there's needs in our community.

  5. Top Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris:

    You want to tell me I should give the other cheek to these people? I'll go out and find them. That's my dream: to go out and find these people, i come from the south. In the south, if you kill one of my family, I kill ten of your family... It's based on revenge.

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