from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.
- n. Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place.
- n. All the members of a household under one roof.
- n. A group of persons sharing common ancestry. See Usage Note at collective noun.
- n. Lineage, especially distinguished lineage.
- n. A locally independent organized crime unit, as of the Cosa Nostra.
- n. A group of like things; a class.
- n. A group of individuals derived from a common stock: the family of human beings.
- n. Biology A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order and above a genus. A family usually consists of several genera. See Table at taxonomy.
- n. Linguistics A group of languages descended from the same parent language, such as the Indo-European language family.
- n. Mathematics A set of functions or surfaces that can be generated by varying the parameters of a general equation.
- n. Chemistry A group of elements with similar chemical properties.
- n. Chemistry A vertical column in the periodic table of elements.
- adj. Of or having to do with a family: family problems.
- adj. Being suitable for a family: family movies.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A father, mother and their sons and daughters; also called nuclear family.
- n. A group of people related by blood, marriage, law, or custom.
- n. A kin, tribe; also called extended family.
- n. A rank in the classification of organisms, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank.
- n. A group of people who live together, or one that is similar to one that is related by blood, marriage, law, or custom, or members of one's intimate social group.
- n. 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.
- n. A group of instrument having the same basic method of tone production.
- n. A group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language.
- n. Used attributively.
- adj. Suitable for children and adults.
- adj. Conservative, traditional.
- adj. Homosexual.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society.
- n. Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe, clan, or race; kindred; house
- n. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.
- n. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock.
- n. A group of kindred or closely related individuals
- n. 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 zoölogy a family is less comprehesive than an order; in botany it is often considered the same thing as an order.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The collective body of persons who form one household under one head and one domestic government, including parents, children, and servants, and as sometimes used even lodgers or boarders.
- n. Parents with their children, whether they dwell together or not; in a more general sense, any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins: often used in a restricted sense only of a group of parents and children founded upon the principle of monogamy.
- n. In a narrow use, the children of the same parents, considered collectively apart from the parents: as, they (a husband and wife) have a large family to care for; a family of children.
- n. In the most general sense, those who descend from a common progenitor; a tribe or race; kindred; lineage.
- n. Hence 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.
- n. Specifically In scientific classifications, a group of individuals more comprehensive than a genus and less so than an order, based on fewer or less definite points of physical resemblance than the former, and on more or more definite ones than the latter.
- n. Course of descent; genealogy.
- n. Descent: especially, noble or respectable stock: as, a man of good family.
- n. A cluster of microscopic plants formed by the adherence of a number of individuals; a colony.
- Pertaining to or connected with the family.
- n. In petrography the term is used by Rosenbusch to embrace igneous rocks which are alike in composition and texture: as, the family of syenitic rocks; the family of essexite; the family of phonolitic rocks. In the quantitative system of classification (1902) it is suggested that the term be applied to a group of igneous rocks which are developed from the same parent magma by processes of differentiation — that is, any group of consanguineous rocks.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. primary social group; parents and children
- n. a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
- n. an association of people who share common beliefs or activities
- n. a person having kinship with another or others
- n. a social unit living together
- n. people descended from a common ancestor
- n. a collection of things sharing a common attribute
- n. (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera
Middle English familie, from Latin familia, household, servants of a household, from famulus, servant.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin familia, from famula ("female servant"). (Wiktionary)