family has definitions from the fields of sociology,housing,biology,criminal law
[ noun ] (housing) 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"

Used in print

(Bern Dibner, "Oerstad and the Discovery of Electro...)

His father Soeren was the village apothecary whose slender income made it difficult to feed his family , let_alone educate them in a town without even a school .

(Orlin J. Scoville, Part-Time Farming...)

A part-time farmer and his family can use their spare_time profitably .

But consider also how much you and your family can keep_up along with your other work .

If you have a year-round , full-time job you can n't expect to grow much more than your family uses - unless other members of the family do a good_deal of the work or you hire help .

If you have a year-round , full-time job you can n't expect to grow much more than your family uses - unless other members of the family do a good_deal of the work or you hire help .

[ noun ] (sociology) primary social group; parents and children




"he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"

Used in print

(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)

Just before game time , Robinson 's pretty wife , Connie informed him that an addition to the family can be expected late next summer .

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

After Larkin has been persuaded to restock his tangled acres with pheasants , he poaches only what he needs for the nourishment of his family and local callers .

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

Parents should be informed about this system and encouraged to do the same with the whole family at home .

(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)

For the family is the simplest example of just such a unit , composed of people , which gives us both some immunity from , and a way of dealing with , other people .

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

Still there was no Gonzales and the family would say nothing .

[ noun ] a collection of things sharing a common attribute


category class


"there are two classes of detergents"

Used in print

(R. P. Jerrard, "Inscribed squares in plane curves"...)

The latter theorem has been generalized by Yamabe and Yujobo , and Cairns to show that in **f there are families of such cubes .

[ noun ] people descended from a common ancestor


"his family had lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"

Used in print

(Jane Gilmore Rushing, "Against the Moon,"...)

Bobby_Joe and two or three of the other boys declared they had never been possum hunting , and Uncle_Bill_Farnworth ( from Mama_Albright 's side of the family ) said he would just get_up from there and take them , right then .

(Marvin Schiller, "The Sheep's in the Meadow,"...)

Times_Square , when I ascended to_it with my fellow subway travellers ( all dressed as if for a huge wedding in a family of which we were all distant members ) , was nearly impassable , the sidewalks swarming_with celebrants , with bundled_up sailors and soldiers already hugging their girls and their rationed bottles of whiskey .

[ noun ] (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera


"sharks belong to the fish family"

Used in print

(B. J. D. Meeuse, The Story of Pollination....)

Some members of the bee family have become idlers , social parasites that live at the expense of their hardworking relatives .

(Jacob Robbins et al., "The thyroid-stimulating...)

It is presumed to occur in other members of the Brassica family .

[ noun ] a person having kinship with another or others


kinsperson kin


"he's kin" "he's family"

Used in print

(James Bryant Conant, Slums and Suburbs...)

However , the teacher can only go so far if the attitude of the community and the family is anti-intellectual .

(Arlin Turner, "William Faulkner, Southern Novelist"...)

It would not be easy to discover a more thoroughly Southern pedigree than that of his family .

Related terms

relative affine

[ noun ] (criminal law) a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

Related terms

organized_crime Mafia

[ noun ] 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"

Related terms

association koinonia