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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OTHER WORDS FROM familyan·ti·fam·i·ly, adjectivein·ter·fam·i·ly, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for family
Odds are you've spent more time with your family this year than ever before, which is great.
In a statement, HHS said Caputo would be on leave for the next 60 days to “focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Conversely, Recon’s campers are designed with families and small groups in mind.
Coronavirus fears are also tied to how people plan to cast their ballots, with nearly 6 in 10 voters who are worried about a family member becoming infected saying they plan to vote early, compared with about 2 in 10 of those who are less worried.Post-ABC Wisconsin poll shows Biden holding narrow edge over Trump|Dan Balz, Emily Guskin|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Biden spoke at the top of a roundtable discussion in Tampa with veterans and military families.Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic|Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Everywhere I go, ‘Hey Cartman, you must like Family Guy, right?’
The third suspect, an 18-year-old named Hamyd Mourad, who turned himself in, is part of the same extended family.
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
And that was that if he and his wife were to ever live together again and be happy, the family were to be kept out of it.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
“This house must have been the hotel of some distinguished family, Baron; it is nobly proportioned,” said David Arden.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
What course was taken to supply that assembly when any noble family became extinct?Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
The pig family did not know when Squinty would be taken away from them, and all they could do was to wait.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
Mrs. Jolly Robin had often wished—when she was trying to feed a rapidly-growing family—that she could hunt forp.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
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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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).