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Meaning of FAMILY

Pronunciation:  'famulee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there are two classes of detergents"
  2. [n]  primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
  3. [n]  people descended from a common ancestor; "his family had lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
  4. [n]  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"
  5. [n]  (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; "sharks belong to the fish family"
  6. [n]  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"
  7. [n]  a person having kinship with another or others; "he's kin"; "he's family"

FAMILY is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: category, class, family line, family unit, fellowship, folk, home, household, kin, kinfolk, kinsfolk, kinsperson, menage, phratry, sept
 See Also: accumulation, aggregation, amphibian family, ancestry, arthropod family, assemblage, association, bacteria family, bird family, Bittacidae, blood, blood line, bloodline, child, chordate family, clan, class Diplopoda, class Larvacea, class Myriapoda, coelenterate family, collection, conjugal family, conjugation, couple, ctenophore family, declension, denomination, descent, dicot family, Diplopoda, dynasty, echinoderm family, Endamoebidae, extended family, family Bittacidae, family Endamoebidae, family Panorpidae, fern family, fish family, form family, foster home, fungus family, gens, genus, grammatical category, homefolk, house, kid, kin, kin group, kindred, kinship group, Larvacea, liliopsid family, line, line of descent, lineage, magnoliopsid family, Malacostraca, mammal family, man and wife, marriage, married couple, Marx Brothers, match, mates, menage a trois, mollusk family, monocot family, moss family, Myriapoda, name, nuclear family, order, origin, Panorpidae, paradigm, parent, parentage, pedigree, people, plant family, protoctist family, relation, relative, reptile family, sex, sib, sibling, social unit, stamp, stock, subclass Malacostraca, subfamily, substitution class, superphylum, syntactic category, taxon, taxonomic group, tribe, unit, worm family



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fam"i*ly\, n.; pl. {Families}. [L. familia, fr. famulus
servant; akin to Oscan famel servant, cf. faamat he dwells,
Skr. dh[=a]man house, fr. dh[=a]to set, make, do: cf. F.
famille. Cf. {Do}, v. t., {Doom}, {Fact}, {Feat}.]
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.

2. The group comprising a husband and wife and their
   dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the
   organization of society.

         The welfare of the family underlies the welfare of
         society.                              --H. Spencer.

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.

         Go ! and pretend your family is young. --Pope.

4. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.

5. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man
   of family.

6. A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a
   family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine

7. (Biol.) 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 zo["o]logy a family is less comprehesive than
   an order; in botany it is often considered the same thing
   as an order.

{Family circle}. See under {Circle}.

{Family man}.
   (a) A man who has a family; esp., one who has a wife and
       children living with him andd dependent upon him.
   (b) A man of domestic habits. ``The Jews are generally,
       when married, most exemplary family men.'' --Mayhew.

{Family of} {curves or surfaces} (Geom.), a group of curves
   or surfaces derived from a single equation.

{In a family way}, like one belonging to the family. ``Why
   don't we ask him and his ladies to come over in a family
   way, and dine with some other plain country gentlefolks?''

{In the family way}, pregnant. [Colloq.]

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing your own family in high spirits in your dream, symbolizes harmony and happiness. Seeing them gloomy, foretells of disappointment and sadness.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A taxonomic classification between genus and order.
 Definition: a major division of an order, consisting of closely related genera.
Thesaurus Terms
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