Dictionary > English Dictionary > Definition, synonym and antonym of family

Explanation of family by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. primary social group

    2. he wanted to have a good job before starting a family
    3. people descended from a common ancestor

    4. his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower
    5. a collection of things sharing a common attribute

    6. a social unit living together

    7. he moved his family to Virginia
    8. a taxonomic group containing one or more genera

    9. sharks belong to the fish family
    10. an association of people who share common beliefs or activities

    11. the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family
    12. a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

    13. a person having kinship with another or others

    14. he's family

    Definition of family by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Family n.; pl. Families [L. familia, fr. famulus servant; akin to Oscan famel servant, cf. faamat he dwells, Skr. dhāman house, fr. dhāto 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 family.”

      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 Zoology 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 man who has a family; esp., one who has a wife and children living with him and dependent upon him. A man of domestic habits. “The Jews are generally, when married, most exemplary family men.” Mayhew. -- Family of curves or Family of 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?” Thackeray. -- In the family way, pregnant. [Colloq. euphemism]

    2. natural family, n. ( Biol. ) a group of living organisms classed as a family in a toxonomic classification.