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Definitions of Family

  1. a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there are two classes of detergents" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an association of people who share common beliefs or activities; "the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family"; "the church welcomed new members into its fellowship" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a social unit living together; "he moved his family to Virginia"; "It was a good Christian household"; "I waited until the whole house was asleep"; "the teacher asked how many people made up his home" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a person having kinship with another or others; "he's kin"; "he's family" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine family. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A social group consisting of parents or parent substitutes and children. Medical Dictionary DB
  16. A household; children as distinguished from the parent; a body of persons descended from the parent; a body of persons descended from a common ancestor; tribe; race; genealogy; class; a group of animals larger than a genus or class, but less than an order; in botany. an order. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. 1. A group of blood relatives, or, more strictly, the parents and their children. 2. In biological classification a division, denoted by the termination -idea, between the order and the genus. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  18. The household, or all those who live in one house under one head; the descendants of one common progenitor; race; honorable or noble descent; a group of animals, plants, languages, etc., more comprehensive than a genus. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Household; descendants of one ancestor; race; class. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. Of, belonging to, or suitable for a family. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. A group of persons, consisting of parents and their children; a household; house; line; clan; tribe; race. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Distinguished or ancient lineage; descent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. A class or group of like or related things. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. A household, living in one house and under one head, including parents and children, and primarily, as well as sometimes still, servants; the children of a household; those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe or race; kindred; lineage; course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; honourable descent; noble or respectable stock; a collection or union of nations or states; a group of animals or other natural productions, more extensive than a genus and less than an order; an order. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. A household; descendants from one common progenitor; race; lineage; in nat. hist. classifications, the group next in comprehensiveness above a genus; kind, tribe, or group. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. Term used in classification, signifying one group of an Order. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  27. [Latin] Term used in classification, signifying a group of related genera, families being grouped into orders. na
  28. A collective body of persons who live in one house and under one head or management. .Tahoe v. Jarboe, 100 Mo. App. 459, 79 S. W. 1162; Dodge v. Boston &T. R. Corp., 154 Mass. 299, 28 N. E. 243, 13 L. R. A. 318; Tyson v. Reynolds, 52 Iowa,431, 3 N. W. 469.A family comprises a father, mother, and children. In a wider sense, it may include domestic servants; all who live in one house under one head. In a still broader sense, a group of blood-relatives; all the relations who descend from a common ancestor, or who spring from a common root. See Civil Code La. art. 3522, no. 16; 9 Ves. 323.A husband and wife living together may constitute a “family,” within the meaning of that word as used in a homestead law. Miller v. Finegan, 26 Fla. 29, 7 South. 140, 6 L.R. A. 813.”Family,” in its origin, meant “servants;” but, in its more modern and comprehensive meaning, it signifies a collective body of persons living together in one house, or within the curtilage, in legal phrase. Wilson v. Cochran, 31 Tex. 677. 98 Am. Dec. 553.”Family” may mean children, wife and children, blood-relatives, or the members of the domestic circle, according to the connection in which the word is used. Spencer v.Spencer, 11 Paige (N. Y.) 159.”Family,” in popular acceptation, includes parents, children, and servants. thelawdictionary.org
  29. Domestic relations. In a limited sense it signifies the father, mother, and children. In a more extensive sense it comprehends all the individuals who live under the authority of another, and includes the servants of the family. It is also employed to signify all the relations who descend from a common ancestor, or who spring from a common root. Louis. Code, art. 3522, No. 16; 9 Ves. 323. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  30. In the construction of wills, the word family, when applied to personal property is synonymous with kindred, or relations. It may, nevertheless, be confined to particular relations by the context of the will, or may be enlarged by it, so that the expression may in some cases mean children, or next of kin, and in others, may even include relations by marriage. 1 Rop. on Leg. 115 1 Hov. Supp. 365, notes, 6 and 7; Brown v. Higgs; 4 Ves. 708; 2 Ves. jr. 110; 3 East, Rep. 172 5 Ves. 156 1,7 Ves. 255 S. 126. Vide article Legatee. See Dig. lib. 50, t. 16, 1. 195, s. 2. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  31. fam'i-li, n. the household, or all those who live in one house under one head, including parents, children, servants: the children of a person: the descendants of one common progenitor: race: honourable or noble descent: a group of animals, plants, languages, &c. more comprehensive than a genus.--ns. FAM'ILISM, the family feeling; FAM'ILIST, one of the 16th-cent. mystical sect known as the Family of Love, which based religion upon love independently of faith.--FAMILY BIBLE, a large Bible for family worship, with a page for recording family events; FAMILY COACH, a large carriage able to carry a whole family; FAMILY MAN, a man with a family: a domesticated man.--BE IN THE FAMILY WAY, to be pregnant; IN A FAMILY WAY, in a domestic manner. [L. familia--famulus, a servant.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  32. Members of a household, parents, children, servants, &c. (happy f., animals of different kinds in one cage); set of parents& children, or of relations, living together or not (Holy French., The Virgin, Jesus, St Joseph, & often St John Baptist& St Elizabeth, as grouped in pictures); person\'s children; all descendants of common ancestor, house, lineage, (of f., nobly born); race, group of peoples from common stock; brotherhood of persons or nations united by political or religious ties; group of objects distinguished by common features; group of allied genera, usu. subdivision of ORDER; f. butcher &c., supplying ff. as opp. to the army &c.; f. hotel, with special terms for ff.; in a f. way, without ceremony; in the f. way, with child; f. Bible, large Bible with fly-leaves for registering births &c.; f. coach, large closed carriage, a game of forfeits; French Compact, in 18th c. between Bourbons of France, Spain, & Two Sicilies, esp. against England& Austria; f. likeness, that between relations, vague resemblance; f. living, benefice in gift of head of f.; f. man, one with f., domestic person; f. tree, genealogical chart. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  33. n. [Latin] The collective body of persons who live in one house, and under one head or manager; a household;—a tribe or race; kindred; —course of descent; genealogy; lineage;—honourable descent; —a group of kindred individuals, usually more comprehensive than a genus, and founded on more indefinite resemblances. Cabinet Dictionary
  34. Those who live in the same house, household; those that descend from one common progenitor, a race, a generation; a class, a tribe, a species. Complete Dictionary

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