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family

family - Dictionary definition and meaning for word family

Definition
(noun) a social unit living together
Synonyms : home , house , household , menage
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(noun) primary social group; parents and children
Synonyms : family unit
Example Sentence
  • he wanted to have a good job before starting a family

Definition
(noun) a collection of things sharing a common attribute
Synonyms : category , class
Example Sentence
  • there are two classes of detergents

Definition
(noun) people descended from a common ancestor
Synonyms : family line , folk , kinfolk , kinsfolk , phratry , sept
Example Sentence
  • his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower

Definition
(noun) a person having kinship with another or others
Synonyms : kin , kinsperson
Example Sentence
  • he's kin
  • he's family

Definition
(noun) (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera
Example Sentence
  • sharks belong to the fish family

Definition
(noun) a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
Synonyms : crime syndicate , mob , syndicate

Definition
(noun) an association of people who share common beliefs or activities
Synonyms : fellowship
Example Sentence
  • the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family
  • the church welcomed new members into its fellowship

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