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.
Origin of family
Related formsan·ti·fam·i·ly, adjectivein·ter·fam·i·ly, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for in the family way
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
Medicine definitions for in the family way
Science definitions for in the family way
Culture definitions for in the family way
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 in the family way (1 of 2)
in the family way
Pregnant, as in Mary's in the family way again. This euphemistic expression dates from the late 1700s and may be dying out.
Idioms and Phrases with in the family way (2 of 2)
see in a family way; run in the blood (family).