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, menagenoun

    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 unitnoun

    primary social group; parents and children

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

  3. class, category, familynoun

    a collection of things sharing a common attribute

    "there are two classes of detergents"

  4. family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratrynoun

    people descended from a common ancestor

    "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"

  5. kin, kinsperson, familynoun

    a person having kinship with another or others

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

  6. familynoun

    (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera

    "sharks belong to the fish family"

  7. syndicate, crime syndicate, mob, familynoun

    a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

  8. family, fellowshipnoun

    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. familynoun

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

    Our family lives in town.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  2. familynoun

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

    crime family, Mafia family

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  3. familynoun

    A kin, tribe; also called extended family.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  4. familynoun

    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. familynoun

    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. familynoun

    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. familynoun

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

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  8. familynoun

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

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  9. familyadjective

    Suitable for children and adults.

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  10. familyadjective

    Conservative, traditional.

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

    Etymology: familia, from famula.

  11. familyadjective

    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. Familyverb

    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. Familyverb

    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. Familyverb

    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. Familyverb

    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. Familyverb

    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. Familyverb

    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. Familyverb

    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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Entomology

  1. Family

    a division of classification including a number of genera agreeing in one or a set of characters and so closely related that they are apparently descended from one stem: opinionative and indicated by the termination idae.

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

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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. Middleton Brown:

    I acknowledge that I am very angry, she taught me that we are the family that love built.

  2. Pete Mercurio:

    And then that was it. We never saw the judge again. And in 2012, when we were deciding to get married, Kevin on a walk to school said he knew that there was a judge involved in creating our family, we shared everything with him, so he knew everything. He said,' Don't judges marry people ?' So, I said,' Do you want to meet the judge that finalized your adoption ?' And he nodded his head. And so that's how I got in touch with the judge again, ten years later.

  3. Taegun Kim:

    That notice means death to me. i came all the way here for a better life and my family is well adjusted to life in Canada. To think we’re going to be separated, it breaks my heart.

  4. The BND:

    The thus far cautious diplomatic stance of the elder leaders in the royal family is being replaced by an impulsive interventionist policy.

  5. Genelle Holgerson:

    We feel lucky today that she is alive, it has cost me and my family lost wages not to mention stress and heartache.

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