family


family
family [fam′ə lē, fam′lē]
n.
pl. families [ME familie < L familia, household establishment, akin to famulus, servant < ? IE * dhe-mo-, house (< base * dhē-: see DO1) > Sans dhāman, household]
1. Obs. all the people living in the same house; household: see also EXTENDED FAMILY
2.
a) a social unit consisting of parents and the children they rear: see also NUCLEAR FAMILY
b) the children of the same parents
c) one's husband (or wife) and children
3. a group of people related by ancestry or marriage; relatives
4. all those claiming descent from a common ancestor; tribe or clan; lineage
5. a criminal syndicate under a single leader [a Mafia family]
6. a COMMUNE2 (sense 5) living in one household, esp. under one head
7. a group of things having a common source or similar features; specif.,
a) Biol. a major category in the classification of animals, plants, etc., ranking above a genus and below an order: it can include one genus or many similar genera: the Latinized family names are capitalized but not italicized (Ex.: Felidae, cats)
b) Chem. a group of chemical elements having similar properties, forming one of the vertical columns of the periodic table
c) Ecol. a community composed of organisms of the same species
d) Linguis. a parent language and all the languages and dialects descended from it
e) Math. a set of curves, functions, or other entities with some shared property
adj.
1. of or for a family [a family picnic, the family car]
2. characteristic of or suitable for a family, esp. one regarded as traditional or typical; wholesome, middle-class, etc. [family entertainment, family values]
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in a family way
Informal pregnant; with child

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