- a type of extended family composed of parents, their children, and the children's spouses and offspring in one household.
Origin of joint family
First recorded in 1875–80
Also called joint household.
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Examples from the Web for joint family
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.Ireland under the Tudors, Volume I (of II)