family

[ fam-uh-lee, fam-lee ]
/ ˈfæm ə li, ˈfæm li /

noun, plural fam·i·lies.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. familiarly,
  2. familism,
  3. familist,
  4. familists,
  5. famille,
  6. family allowance,
  7. family and medical leave act of 1993,
  8. family balancing,
  9. family bible,
  10. family circle

Idioms

    in a/the family way, pregnant.

Origin of family

1350–1400; Middle English familie < Latin familia a household, the slaves of a household, equivalent to famul(us) servant, slave + -ia -y3

Related formsan·ti·fam·i·ly, adjectivein·ter·fam·i·ly, adjective

Usage note


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British Dictionary definitions for family

family

/ (ˈfæmɪlɪ, ˈfæmlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

Word Origin for family

C15: from Latin familia a household, servants of the house, from famulus servant

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Word Origin and History for family

family

n.
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Medicine definitions for family

family

[ fămə-lē, fămlē ]

n.

A group of blood relatives, especially parents and their children.
A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order and above a genus.

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Science definitions for family

family

[ fămə-lē ]

A group of organisms ranking above a genus and below an order. The names of families end in -ae, a plural ending in Latin. In the animal kingdom, family names end in -idae, as in Canidae (dogs and their kin), while those in the plant kingdom usually end in -aceae, as in Rosaceae (roses and their kin). See Table at taxonomy.
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Culture definitions for family

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.)

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Idioms and Phrases with family

family

see in a family way; run in the blood (family).

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