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Definitions of Family

  1. 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
  2. The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a person having kinship with another or others; "he's kin"; "he's family" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Household; descendants of one ancestor; race; class. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. 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.
  15. Distinguished or ancient lineage; descent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A class or group of like or related things. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. 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.
  18. Term used in classification, signifying one group of an Order. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  19. Of, belonging to, or suitable for a family. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for Family

  1. How happy would she be if there had been such a one in her mother's family and were she with her now! – The Girl at Cobhurst by Frank Richard Stockton
  2. This child is of good family and of good name. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
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