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family meaning and definition

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Definition of family (noun)

  1. 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"
    • synonyms: home, house, household, menage
  2. primary social group; parents and children
    • "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
    • synonyms: family unit
  3. a collection of things sharing a common attribute
  4. people descended from a common ancestor
  5. a person having kinship with another or others
  6. (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera
    • "sharks belong to the fish family"
  7. a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
  8. 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"
    • synonyms: fellowship
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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