family meaning

EN[ˈfæməli] [ˈfæmli]
  • In the context of human society, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people affiliated by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage), or co-residence and/or shared consumption (see Nurture kinship).
  • In most societies, the family is the principal institution for the socialization of children.
  • "Family" is used metaphorically to create more inclusive categories such as community, nationhood, global village and humanism.
  • Genealogy is a field which aims to trace family lineages through history.

    Definition of family in English Dictionary

  • NounPLfamilies
    1. NC A group of people who are closely related to one another (by blood, marriage or adoption); for example, a set of parents and their children; an immediate family.
      1. Our family lives in town. ‎
    2. NC An extended family; a group of people who are related to one another by blood or marriage.
      1. NC A (close-knit) group of people related by blood, friendship, marriage, law, or custom, especially if they live or work together.
        1. crime family, Mafia family
        2. This is my fraternity family at the university. ‎
        3. Our company is one big happy family. ‎
      2. NC (taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank.
        1. Magnolias belong to the family Magnoliaceae. ‎
      3. NC Any group or aggregation of things classed together as kindred or related from possessing in common characteristics which distinguish them from other things of the same order.
        1. Doliracetam is a drug from the racetam family. ‎
      4. NC (music) A group of instruments having the same basic method of tone production.
        1. the brass family;  the violin family
      5. NC (linguistics) A group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language.
        1. the Indo-European language family;  the Afro-Asiatic language family
      6. Used attributively.
        1. The dog was kept as a family pet. ‎
        2. For Apocynaceae, this type of flower is a family characteristic. ‎
    3. Adjective
      1. Suitable for children and adults.
        1. It's not good for a date, it's a family restaurant.
        2. Some animated movies are not just for kids, they are family movies.
      2. Conservative, traditional.
        1. The cultural struggle is for the survival of family values against all manner of atheistic amorality.
      3. SLA Homosexual.
        1. I knew he was family when I first met him.
    4. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • All plots were located on land with a coarse-loamy, mixed, mesic typic dystrochrepts soil, the most common soil family in eastern Massachusetts [47 ].
        • For outgroup taxa, we sampled representatives of the families that are considered to be closely related to Woodsiaceae in eupolypods II based on the most recent phylogenetic studies [23 ,26 –28 ].
        • Blast searching identified five and nine contigs assembled from small RNAs of samples T1 and T2 matched onto the genome sequences of badnaviruses in the family Caulimoviridae.
      2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
        • Family members had been buried in the vault for centuries.
        • Families doing it tough will receive more assistance from the government.
        • Family affiliations are indicated for nonpinniped species.
      3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
        • In Saudi Arabia, one of the most conservative societies, one online rebel has rocked the Islamic establishment with tweeted allegations of corruption within the ruling royal family.
        • They've been stepping out since he told her he was interested in a family.
        • We're making conditions unsafe for children and also creating a situation where there's more unemployment for working families.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Adjectives
        • Uncomparable adjectives
        • Nouns
          • Collective nouns
            • Countable nouns
              • Singularia tantum
                • Uncountable nouns
            Related Links:
            1. en familyish
            2. en familyism
            3. en familyist
            4. en familyless
            5. en family men
            Source: Wiktionary
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            Meaning of family for the defined word.

            Grammatically, this word "family" is an adjective, more specifically, an uncomparable adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a collective noun, a countable noun and a singularia tantum.
            Difficultness: Level 1
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            Definiteness: Level 9
            Definite    ➨     Versatile