- the closely related members of a family as a group.
- a section in a theater containing less expensive seats, as the topmost gallery.
Origin of family circle
First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for family circle
But what could she have done for her family-circle, after the scandal of her divorce?The Law Inevitable
Another, had unhesitatingly recommended his effusions to the family-circle.Pierre; or The Ambiguities
She had never expected to be so happy, just because she was back in her own country and among her family-circle.Small Souls
All the towns belonging to the Manchester family-circle present more or less decidedly the features mentioned.Lancashire
Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
Imagine the feelings of a rat when this dreadful visitor comes like grim death into his family-circle!Palmetto-Leaves
Harriet Beecher Stowe
- members of a family regarded as a closed group
- mainly US the cheap seating area in a theatre behind or above the dress circle
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