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
grammar notes 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 family
Everywhere I go, ‘Hey Cartman, you must like Family Guy, right?’
Saved from the public gallows, Weeks was virtually exiled from the city, and wound up in Mississippi, where he raised a family.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A spokesman for Lewisham council said last year that it would be forced to act if the family returned to Britain.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis|Nico Hines|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Ney said McDonnell needs to “keep a stiff lip” and stay in close contact with family members.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
She represented, not the institution of the family, but the institution of the Church.Woman in Modern Society|Earl Barnes
Strangers who come at this time of day at once enter the family circle.Historic Highways of America (Vol. 12)|Archer Butler Hulbert
The simple fact was, that Pope's grandfather, the highest they could trace the family, was a clergyman in Hampshire.
Kittens are not hereditary in the family of fowls, and she knew it.
All the other children in the family of unusually superior intelligence.The Measurement of Intelligence|Lewis Madison Terman
British Dictionary definitions for family
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
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Scientific definitions for family
Cultural definitions for family
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 family
see in a family way; run in the blood (family).