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NOUN (8)

1. a social unit living together;
- Example: "he moved his family to Virginia"
- Example: "It was a good Christian household"
- Example: "I waited until the whole house was asleep"
- Example: "the teacher asked how many people made up his home"
[syn: family, household, house, home, menage]

2. primary social group; parents and children;
- Example: "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
[syn: family, family unit]

3. a collection of things sharing a common attribute;
- Example: "there are two classes of detergents"
[syn: class, category, family]

4. people descended from a common ancestor;
- Example: "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
[syn: family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry]

5. a person having kinship with another or others;
- Example: "he's kin"
- Example: "he's family"
[syn: kin, kinsperson, family]

6. (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera;
- Example: "sharks belong to the fish family"

7. a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities;
[syn: syndicate, crime syndicate, mob, family]

8. an association of people who share common beliefs or activities;
- Example: "the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family"
- Example: "the church welcomed new members into its fellowship"
[syn: family, fellowship]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

natural family \nat"u*ral fam"i*ly\, n. (Biol.) a group of living organisms classed as a family in a toxonomic classification. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Family \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. [1913 Webster] 2. The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society. [1913 Webster] The welfare of the family underlies the welfare of society. --H. Spencer. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Go ! and pretend your family is young. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 4. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage. [1913 Webster] 5. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family. [1913 Webster] 6. A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine family. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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 and dependent upon him. (b) 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] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

family n 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" [syn: family, household, house, home, menage] 2: primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family" [syn: family, family unit] 3: a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there are two classes of detergents" [syn: class, category, family] 4: people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower" [syn: family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry] 5: a person having kinship with another or others; "he's kin"; "he's family" [syn: kin, kinsperson, family] 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 [syn: syndicate, crime syndicate, mob, family] 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" [syn: family, fellowship]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

199 Moby Thesaurus words for "family": affiliation, agnate, ancestors, ancestry, animal kingdom, antonomasia, apparentation, ashram, binomial nomenclature, biosystematics, biosystematy, biotype, birth, blood, blood relation, blood relative, bloodline, body, branch, breed, brood, caste, children, clan, clannish, clansman, class, classification, cognate, collateral, collateral relative, colony, common ancestry, commonwealth, commune, community, connections, consanguinean, consanguinity, deme, derivation, descendants, descent, diphyletic, direct, direct line, distaff side, distant relation, division, dynasty, economic class, enate, endogamous group, ethnic, extended family, extraction, family tree, female line, filiation, flesh, flesh and blood, folk, folks, forebears, forefathers, fruit, genealogical, genealogy, genetic, genotype, genre, gens, gentile, gentilic, genus, german, get, glossology, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, group, hearth, heirs, home, homefolks, hostages to fortune, house, household, inheritors, issue, kids, kin, kind, kindred, kinfolk, kingdom, kinnery, kinsfolk, kinship group, kinsman, kinsmen, kinswoman, kith and kin, line, line of descent, lineage, lineal, little ones, male line, matriclan, menage, moiety, nation, national, near relation, new generation, next of kin, nomenclature, nuclear family, offspring, onomastics, onomatology, order, orismology, parentage, patriclan, pedigree, people, phratria, phratry, phyle, phyletic, phylogenetic, phylum, place-names, place-naming, plant kingdom, polyonymy, posterity, progenitors, progeny, race, racial, relations, relatives, rising generation, section, seed, sept, series, set, settlement, sib, sibling, side, social class, society, sons, spear kin, spear side, species, spindle kin, spindle side, stem, stirp, stirps, stock, strain, subcaste, subclass, subdivision, subfamily, subgenus, subkingdom, suborder, subspecies, subtribe, succession, superclass, superfamily, superorder, superspecies, sword side, systematics, taxonomy, terminology, toponymy, totem, totemic, treasures, tribal, tribe, tribesman, trinomialism, type, uterine kin, variety, younglings, youngsters
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

FAMILY, domestic relations. In a limited sense it signifies the father, mother, and children. In a more extensive sense it comprehends all the individuals who live under the authority of another, and includes the servants of the family. It is also employed to signify all the relations who descend from a common ancestor, or who spring from a common root. Louis. Code, art. 3522, No. 16; 9 Ves. 323. 2. In the construction of wills, the word family, when applied to personal property is synonymous with kindred, or relations. It may, nevertheless, be confined to particular relations by the context of the will, or may be enlarged by it, so that the expression may in some cases mean children, or next of kin, and in others, may even include relations by marriage. 1 Rop. on Leg. 115 1 Hov. Supp. 365, notes, 6 and 7; Brown v. Higgs; 4 Ves. 708; 2 Ves. jr. 110; 3 East, Rep. 172 5 Ves. 156 1,7 Ves. 255 S. 126. Vide article Legatee. See Dig. lib. 50, t. 16, 1. 195, s. 2.