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extended family

[ ik-sten-did fam-uh-lee, famlee ]
/ ɪkˈstɛn dɪd ˈfæm ə li, ˈfæm li /
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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 immediate family, nuclear family.
(loosely) one's family conceived of as including aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and sometimes close friends and colleagues.

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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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Cultural 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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