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joint family

  1. a type of extended family composed of parents, their children, and the children's spouses and offspring in one household.
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Origin of joint family

First recorded in 1875–80
Also called joint household.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • It may be compared with the conditions in the joint-family communities of the American Indians.

    The Position of Woman in Primitive Society

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Poor and broken tribesmen, not having sufficient wealth to qualify them as Aires, formed a “joint-family,” or Congilda.