extended family


noun

a kinship group consisting of a family nucleus and various relatives, as grandparents, usually living in one household and functioning as a larger unit.Compare nuclear family.
(loosely) one's family conceived of as including aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and sometimes close friends and colleagues.

Nearby words

  1. extendable,
  2. extended,
  3. extended care,
  4. extended complex plane,
  5. extended coverage,
  6. extended family therapy,
  7. extended forecast,
  8. extended metaphor,
  9. extended order,
  10. extended play

Origin of extended family

First recorded in 1940–45

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British Dictionary definitions for extended family

extended family

noun

sociol anthropol a social unit that contains the nuclear family together with blood relatives, often spanning three or more generations
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Culture definitions for extended family

extended family

A type of family in which relatives in addition to parents and children (such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins) live in a single household. A nuclear family forms the core of an extended family.

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