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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Idioms for family
Origin of family
usage note for family
OTHER WORDS FROM familyan·ti·fam·i·ly, adjectivein·ter·fam·i·ly, adjective
Words nearby family
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
Medical definitions for in the family way
Scientific definitions for in the family way
Cultural 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)
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).