noun, plural fam·i·lies.
- a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not: the traditional family.
- a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for: a single-parent family.
- a given class of solutions of the same basic equation, differing from one another only by the different values assigned to the constants in the equation.
- a class of functions or the like defined by an expression containing a parameter.
- a set.
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Idioms for family
Origin of family
usage note for family
OTHER WORDS FROM familyan·ti·fam·i·ly, adjectivein·ter·fam·i·ly, adjective
Words nearby family
Example sentences from the Web for families
The editors, writers, and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were human beings with families, friends, and loved ones.
So in that sense we have gotten close to the families that have lost loved ones, be it from one side or the other.
But news of the classes is spread mainly by word of mouth, and participants bring along their friends and families.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Families stuff a life-size male doll with memories of the outgoing year and dress him in their clothing.
We want to give the families and the other cops, too, as clear a picture as we can.
It is accompanied by a Synopsis of Indian Tribes, giving the families and tribes so far as known.Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico|John Wesley Powell
Some of the aristocratic Zurich families of to-day trace their origin to these Locarno refugees.The Story of Switzerland|Lina Hug
The younger branches of the families in that neighborhood, too, caught the spirit of their fathers and mothers.Mike Marble|Uncle Frank
In 1754 only six families were living in the early settlement west of New River.Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia|Carrie Hunter Willis
The Bourdeaux villagers at once set out for the protection of their families.The Huguenots in France|Samuel Smiles.
British Dictionary definitions for families
noun plural -lies
- a primary social group consisting of parents and their offspring, the principal function of which is provision for its members
- (as modifier)family quarrels; a family unit
Word Origin for family
Medical definitions for families
Scientific definitions for families
Cultural definitions for families
In biology, the classification lower than an order and higher than a genus. Lions, tigers, cheetahs, and house cats belong to the same biological family. Human beings belong to the biological family of hominids. (See Linnean classification.)
Idioms and Phrases with families
see in a family way; run in the blood (family).