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Family meaning

Family - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. people descended from a common ancestor; " his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
  2. 2. The collective body of persons who live in one house, and under one head or manager; a household, including parents, children, and servants, and, as the case may be, lodgers or boarders.
  3. 3. The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society.
  4. 4. Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe, clan, or race; kindred; house; as, the human family; the family of Abraham; the father of a family.
  5. 5. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.
  6. 6. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family.
  7. 7. A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine family.
  8. 8. A group of organisms, either animal or vegetable, related by certain points of resemblance in structure or development, more comprehensive than a genus, because it is usually based on fewer or less pronounced points of likeness. In zoology a family is less comprehesive than an order; in botany it is often considered the same thing as an order.
  9. 9. Household; descendants of one ancestor; race; class.

Family - examples of usage

  1. Once there I would be with my family. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. You wouldn't care to see it go out of the family, I cal'late." - "The Crisis, Volume 6", Winston Churchill.
  3. This is the family. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
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