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family circle

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noun
  1. the closely related members of a family as a group.
  2. a section in a theater containing less expensive seats, as the topmost gallery.
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Origin of family circle

First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for family circle

Historical Examples

  • But what could she have done for her family-circle, after the scandal of her divorce?

    The Law Inevitable

    Louis Couperus

  • Another, had unhesitatingly recommended his effusions to the family-circle.

  • She had never expected to be so happy, just because she was back in her own country and among her family-circle.

    Small Souls

    Louis Couperus

  • All the towns belonging to the Manchester family-circle present more or less decidedly the features mentioned.

    Lancashire

    Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon

  • Imagine the feelings of a rat when this dreadful visitor comes like grim death into his family-circle!

    Palmetto-Leaves

    Harriet Beecher Stowe


British Dictionary definitions for family circle

family circle

noun
  1. members of a family regarded as a closed group
  2. mainly US the cheap seating area in a theatre behind or above the dress circle
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