family

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

noun, plural fam·i·lies.

adjective

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Idioms for family

    in a / the family way, pregnant1 (def. 1).

Origin of family

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English familie, from Latin familia “a household, the slaves of a household, domestics” equivalent to famul(us) “attendant, servant, slave” + -ia noun suffix; see -y3

grammar notes for family

OTHER WORDS FROM family

an·ti·fam·i·ly, adjectivein·ter·fam·i·ly, adjective
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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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Medical 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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Scientific 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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Cultural 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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